Labor Day is somewhat of a lost holiday. We enjoy the long weekend, but its significance is a bit muddled. This is particularly true for students. Essentially, Labor Day is just a Monday off that helps to break up the start of the school year.
Curriculum Pathways social studies resources can help mend this knowledge gap with multiple resources that explore work, from the history of labor relations to the realities of taxes and wages.
Here’s a quick look at some of the relevant resources.
The Progressive Era: The Standard Oil Monopoly
Explore the history and business practices of John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company to answer this question: Should the government break up Standard Oil's monopoly? Students take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
Voting Rights for Women
Explore a historical narrative that presents key people, events, and issues – including the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911 – related to this focus question: Why did it take so long for women to get the right to vote? Students test their knowledge by answering practice, quiz, and application questions.
The Minimum Wage
Explore the history and current status of minimum wage legislation to answer this question: Do the benefits of raising the minimum wage outweigh the drawbacks? Students take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
NAFTA: Free Trade and the American Economy
Explore the history and controversy behind the creation of a free trade zone between the United States, Mexico, and Canada to answer this question: Should Congress approve the North American Free Trade Agreement? Students take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
Income Taxes and Fairness
Explore the history of income taxes in the U.S. economy and the distinction between progressive, regressive, and flat taxes to answer this question: Are progressive income taxes fair? Students take a position and defend it with evidence from primary-source documents.
Explore! Primary Sources
This primary-source repository contains numerous labor-related documents, including child labor legislation, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, civil service reform, NAFTA, and discrimination in the workforce. Curated for grade-level and content needs, resources are perfect for both student inquiries and teacher-led activities.
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