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Best of the Web: History & Social Sciences » History » Labor Unions
African American Labor History Links
Links to websites, articles, book excerpts, and other resources relating to the history of African Americans in the labor union movement.
Cesar E. Chavez
A brief biography of Cesar Estrada Chavez, who "founded andled the first successful farm workers' union in U.S.history. When he passed away on 23 April 1993, he waspresident of the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO." Includes bibliographic resources.
Dictionary of Labour Biography
This website "centres around biographical entries on individual labour movement figures. Many of these have been of national significance but, equally, others have been of local or regional prominence. Each entry is written by a specialist, in many cases by one of the editors. The text is supplemented by a detailed bibliography drawing attention to relevant archival deposits, works by the subject and appropriate secondary texts. In addition, the Dictionary has included a series of thematic essays on issues of interest for the historian of the labour movement. Typically these deal in depth with questions neglected in the established literature. They are linked to individual subject entries and each includes its own bibliography. The bibliographical value of the project is also strengthened by the inclusion of consolidated bibliographies which cover all materials on a significant broad theme within labour history."
International Institute of Social History (IISG)
"The International Institute of Social History (IISH) was founded in 1935. It is one of the world's largest documentary and research institutions in the field of social history in general and the history of the labour movement in particular." The site includes a catalog of its holdings, exhibits, publications, and special projects. Includes table of contents for the International Review of Social History from 1995, and the full text of its newsletter. Portions available in Dutch.
Online companion to a PBS program, this site explores the story of Joe Hill, a labor organizer executred by the state of Utah in 1915." Includes biographical information, information on the labor movement of the early twentieth century, and perspectives on Hill's controversial trial.
Lost Labor: Images of Vanished American Workers 1900-1980
Browsable "selection of 155 photographs excerpted from a collection of more than 1100 company hitories, pamphlets, and technical brochures. . . Many of the images document factories and jobs that no longer exist."