As America grew, so did its production of agriculture and manufacturing, leading to a rise in workers and their demands. Study the history of worker's rights in America from the Industrial Revolution to today.
Address to the Commonwealth Club of California
Chavez describes the terrible conditions for Mexican farm workers, and calls for change.
Excerpt from The Jungle
In this disturbing piece of political fiction, muckraker Upton Sinclair describes how the meatpacking industry benefits from its shockingly unsanitary practices.
Workers’ Rights and the History of Labor Unions
This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers’ rights.
Mexican Migrant Workers in the 20th Century
This informational text describes the hard lives of Mexican-Americans and immigrants who became migrant workers throughout the 20th century in the United States.
The Life of a U.S. Industrial Worker
This informational text asks students to imagine what it would be like to live as a worker during the U.S. Industrial Revolution.
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire was a deadly industrial disaster caused by unsafe working conditions.
The Coeur d’Alene Miners’ Uprising
Two newspaper articles detail the Coeur D’Alene miners’ strike of 1892 that led to violence and unrest.
The Chicano Movement
This text describes the history, development, and lasting impact of the Chicano Movement in the United States
Excerpt from The Harvest Gypsies
John Steinbeck discusses the role of migrant workers in California’s agriculture industry.
Dolores Huerta, Leader and Activist
Diane L. Brooks
Diane L. Brooks discusses Dolores Huerta, an important labor activist.
Cesar Chavez: The Life Behind A Legacy Of Farm Labor Rights
Maureen Pao, for NPR
Maureen Pao discusses the life and accomplishments of farm labor activist Cesar Chavez.
Cesar Chavez: His Fight for the Farm Workers
Barbara Bloom discusses Cesar Chavez’s activism to protect the rights of farm workers.