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        The Industrial Revolution in the United States

        The Industrial Revolution took place over more than a century, as production of goods moved from home businesses, where products were generally crafted by hand, to machine-aided production in factories. This revolution, which involved major changes in transportation, manufacturing, and communications, transformed the daily lives of Americans as much as — and arguably more than — any single event in U.S. history. This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress containing photographs and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

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        The Worker's Anvil

        This sheet music was created for workers to encourage support for the labor movement.

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        New Map of the Union Pacific Railway

        This county map of the United States shows relief by hachures, drainage, cities and towns, and the railroad network with emphasis on the main line. Scenic illustrations border the map.

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        Solvay Process Company Works

        This is a postcard from the Detroit Publishing Company with an image of the Solvay Process Company in Syracuse, New York.

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        The First Telegraphic Message

        This is an image of the very first message sent by telegraph on May 24, 1844.

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        Mrs. Langdon Stewardson Requests Funds for National Child Labor Committee

        Mrs. Stewardson, chairman of the Industrial Committee of Geneva Political Equality Club reports that Geneva factories and shops are enforcing Child Labor Law and seeks funds for National Child Labor Committee.

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        Breaker Boys

        This image from 1900 is of children who worked in coal mines.

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        Assembly Line

        This is a primary source image of an automobile assembly line from 1923.

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        Nursery Rhymes for Infant Industries

        This primary source shows Standard Oil Trust mugging the common people: 'O' is the Oil Trust, a modern Bill Sikes; he defies the police, and does just as he likes.

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        Teacher's Guide: The Industrial Revolution in the United States

        The Industrial Revolution took place over more than a century, as production of goods moved from home businesses, where products were generally crafted by hand, to machine-aided production in factories. This revolution, which involved major changes in transportation, manufacturing, and communications, transformed the daily lives of Americans as much as — and arguably more than — any single event in U.S. history. This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress containing photographs and documents provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher's Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.

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        Child Labor in Maryland Canneries

        Lewis Hine reports on child labor in Maryland canneries. Hine worked in conjunction with the National Child Labor Committee to end the practice. He documented the dire working conditions of children across the country and produced numerous reports on the issue as well as a wealth of photographs.

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        With Drops of Blood

        The history of the industrial workers of the world has been written with drops of blood.

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        Water and Steam Power

        This article from The Manufacturer and Builder indicates how much water and steam power is used by each state.

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        Something New Starts Everyday

        See two song sheets: the first documents the experience of a person getting used to their new home; the second notes the singer's love for Scotland.

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        Lippit Mill

        The Lippitt Mill is the second oldest cotton textile mill in existence in Rhode Island at the present time (the Old Slater Mill of Pawtucket predating it by approximately sixteen years), and is representative of the once numerous small textile mills of the state that were managed directly by their owners rather than through salaried agents.

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        Labor and Capital

        Carroll D. Wright, the Commissioner of Labor, shows how labor fares under large industrial corporations.

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        Growth of Cities in the United States

        This is an article from an 1853 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine describing the rapid growth of three cities in New York.

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        Resolution on Enlarging the Locks on the Erie Canal

        This is a resolution from the New York State Legislature regarding the enlarging of the locks from the Erie Canal and how to deal with boats needing to travel during wartime.

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