We Are All One: Changes in American Society 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

[Labor Day parade, New York, New York]
[1909 September 6]
(Library of Congress)