High School Unit III

Activity 2: Extended Research

Use books and online resources to find out more about:

  • conflict between skilled and unskilled workers in the nineteenth-century labor movement.
  • nineteenth-century labor activists such as Ira Steward, Kate Mullaney, Samuel Gompers, and Mary Kenney O’Sullivan.
  • the relationship between the woman’s rights and labor movements.
  • the relationship between the labor movement and immigration patterns. (Use the search tools on Mass Moments website to find stories about immigration to Massachusetts.)
  • attitude of mainstream union leaders towards African American workers? Towards women workers?
  • onditions for child workers in nineteenth and early twentieth century Massachusetts.
  • history of child labor laws in Massachusetts and other states.
  • status of child labor around the world today (regulations, abuses, and efforts to improve conditions)