Connecticut Labor and Working Class History

Lesson Plans — Labor

Thompsonville Carpet Weavers Strike, 1834Market Revolution (1800-1840) and the beginnings of workers’ unionization

Protective Legislation for Women: This lesson can be integrated into a unit on Progressive Reform (1890-1925).

Labor and government help to regulate the workplace, 1900-1950: Assess workers’ reactions to industrialization in the 20th century and evaluate the reasons they chose to join together and go on strike and join a union.

Employment for African Americans in the 1940s and 1950s: Hartford’s G. Fox Department StoreStudents will think about the connections between government policy and workplaces.

What was it like to work tobacco? This topic can be integrated into unit on business and labor; on Great Society programs, on immigration and migration from 1950 to 1980.

Innovation in ConnecticutThis topic can be integrated into unit on industrialization/innovation in late 19th century for Grade 8 or Grade 10.

Child Labor: This topic can be integrated into unit on innovation and capitalism in 20th century in a grade 8 or 10 classroom.