Period: 1910

World War I: 1910 – 1919
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One Hundred Years After the Singing Strike

By Norm Diamond
Today’s Occupy movement is a reminder that throughout U.S. history a major engine of change has been grassroots organizing and solidarity. As an old Industrial Workers of the World song goes:

An injury to one, we say’s an injury to all, United we’re unbeatable, divided we must fall. —“Dublin Dan” Liston, The Portland Revolution

Major history textbooks, however, downplay the role of ordinary people in shaping events, especially those who formed labor unions and used the strike to assert their rights. One of the most significant strikes in U.S. history occurred exactly 100 years ago, in the Lawrence, Mass. textile mills, and yet it merits barely a mention in the most widely used U.S. history textbooks.
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Labor Matters

Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance. Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.
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Bread and Roses

Song. Reprinted from Labor Notes 2007. Links issues of economic security and quality of life, also addresses the role of women in the struggle for justice.
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Protesting the First World War

Teaching Activity. By Colby Smart. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 14 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on anti-war efforts during the first World War, as well as the U.S. government's response.
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Socialists and Wobblies

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 13 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the labor movement at the turn of the century.
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My Fathers Bonus March

My Father’s Bonus March

Book – Non-fiction. By Adam Langer. 2009. A memoir centered around the Bonus March of 1932, the demonstration of 20,000 World War I veterans demanding compensation.
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Bread and Roses, Too

Book - Fiction. By Katherine Paterson. 2006. 288 pages. Moving young adult historical-fiction novel based on a major strike in Lawrence, Mass., in 1912.
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