America 1865-Present


With the rise of industrialization by the mid nineteenth century in America, the economy was being driven by the demand for workers for the new industries. Railroads, factories and mills employed the new immigrants as well as those who relocated in cities hoping for a better life. Abuse was rampant and the story of the labor movement is the story of the formation of unions, strikes, the passing of legislation protecting workers, and the struggle between organized labor and the politics of the day.

Manuscript Collections

Labor Movement

People striking for better working conditions

"Going out for better conditions." Group of men and women marching in the street
ca 1910
(Kheel Center, Cornell University)