Low Wages, Life-Threatening Work
Long before the advent of Worker's Compensation, early Twentieth Century laborers faced harsh conditions, threats of mining explosions and cave-ins, low wages, and racism. Examine the dangers and disasters of labor in this era.
Read more about laborers during the time of Joe Hill, and see historical photos and footage.
Because they were willing to work for cheap wages, Europeans and other new immigrants groups new to the country encountered racism and class strife. Continue
Scofield Mine Disaster: 1900
Learn more of the haunting events behind the shocking disaster that killed 200 in Utah.
Rise of the I.W.W.
Find out how the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.), ignited the most radical and militant movement in the nation's labor history.
Interviews with the Experts
Historians and writers offer insights into the social, political, and economic landscape of early Twentieth Century labor.