July 24, 2019

Today in History: Reformer Grace Abbott & Child Labor

Today in History–November 17–the Library of Congress features reformer Grace Abbott, born on this day in 1878. Abbott gained recognition as an advocate for immigrants while working at the Hull House in Chicago and later fought to restrict child labor as the head of the U.S. Department of Labor Children’s Bureau. Learn more about this tireless activist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and resources related to Abbott and child labor.

Reformer Grace Abbott Was Born from America’s Library

Grace Abbott image set

Grace Abbott historical newspaper coverage

What about that child labor law?” New-York Tribune 22 Sept. 1918

Front-page historical newspaper coverage of child labor

Child labor books & articles

Children’s Bureau books

Lewis Hine & the Child Labor Committee (American Treasures)

National Child Labor Committee Photograph Collection

Selected images from the National Child Labor Committee Collection

Child Labor and the Building of America
In this lesson, students examine child labor in America from 1880-1920 to gain a personal perspective of how work affected the American child.

Primary Source Spotlight: Labor primary source collections

Primary Source Learning: Labor primary source teaching resources

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