Lesson Eleven: Labor Unions and Working Conditions

Lesson Plan

In this lesson students analyze personal narratives of men, women, and children who worked in factories during the
Gilded Age. Students identify the role of unions in advocating for workers’ rights and learn about one of the most
famous union clashes with company owners: The Homestead Strike.
Lesson 11: Labor Unions and Working Conditions (PDF file)

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Student Handouts:

Handout 11.1: Jennie Curtis (PDF files)
Handout 11.2: Agnes Nestor
Handout 11.3: Children in the Coal Mines
Handout 11.4: The Homestead Strike

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