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Workers of the World, Unite!

These resources on the development of labor unions explain how and why labor unions were created. Use these resources to support your students' evaluation of the success of labor unions in improving working conditions Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • Describe working conditions for the average laborer in the 19th century.
  • What reasons did workers have for organizing labor unions?
  • What tactics did labor unions employ to get their demands met?
  • How did employers respond to workers' early attempts to form labor unions?
  • Do you think labor union demands were fair for workers? For employers?


  1. Overview: Workers of the World, Unite!
  2. Topic Center Overview: The Gilded Age, 1870–1914
  3. Visuals: Workers of the World, Unite! (Visual)
  4. Outline: Outline
  5. Lesson: Introduction
  6. Key Question: Knights of Labor
  7. Key Question: Impact of Industrialization
  8. Photos & Illustrations: Clothing industry strike: women pickets
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire
  10. Reference Articles: American Federation of Labor
  11. Reference Articles: Industrial Workers of the World
  12. Reference Articles: Knights of Labor
  13. Reference Articles: labor movement
  14. Reference Articles: Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire
  15. Cultural Documents: Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle (1906), excerpt
  16. Newspapers & Magazines: Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire: newspaper account (1911)
  17. Speeches: Jones, Mother: Speech at a Public Meeting (1912)

MLA Citation

"Workers of the World, Unite!." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2153036?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2153036

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