December 11, 2018

Today in History: May Day

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features May Day. Originally a celebration of spring, May Day later became a day to celebrate workers and is still celebrated as such in many countries around the world. Learn more about other May Day celebrations by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.May Day imagesMay Day books & textsMay Day historical U.S. newspaper coverageMay Day sheet musicBringing in the … [Read more...]

Today in History: First Labor Day

Today in History–September 05–the Library of Congress features the first Labor Day, celebrated on this date in 1882. Organized by New York’s Central Labor Union, a representative group made up of from many local unions, the celebration featured a parade, picnic, concert, and speeches. This event inspired others around the country. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday and the federal government followed suit in 1894. Find out more by visiting … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Labor

Primary source setsThe Industrial Revolution in the United States American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers Anarchist Emma Goldman Anthracite Coal Strike The "Bonus" Army The cause of industrial panics in the United States 1903 by Chicago Federation of Labor and Industrial Union Council Chicago Federation of Labor: historic newspaper coverage Eight-Hour Work Day First American Cotton Mill Grace Abbott & child labor Illinois Federation of Labor: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collectionValentine's Day primary source collectionSt. Patrick's DaySt. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day imagesApril Fools' Day primary source collectionEasterEaster: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymnsArbor Day primary source … [Read more...]