Paired Texts > The Coeur d'Alene Miners' Uprising
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This article provides a brief history of labor unions, including common tactics and important advances in workers' rights.Pair “The Coeur d’Alene Miner’s Uprising” with “Worker’s Rights and the History of Labor Unions” and ask students to discuss whether the historical background on labor unions helps them better understand and approve or disprove of the Coeur D’Alene miners’ actions.
In "The Plea for Eight Hours," (1890) labor union leader Terence Powderly makes a reasoned argument in favor of reducing the work day for laborers.Pair “The Coeur d’Alene Miner’s Uprising” with “The Plea for Eight Hours” and ask students to consider some of the rights that Terence Vincent Powderly and the Miners at Coeur D’Alene were fighting for. Ask students to consider what some of those rights are that we take for granted today and the lengths they would go to in order to protect and fight for those rights.