Setting the Stage
What is a factory? Show video clip from PBS Learning Media about a child working in a shoe factory.
What were the conditions faced by immigrants working in factories in the late 1800s and early 1900s?
What was life like for child laborers during the late 1800s and early 1900s?
What did labor unions do for the workers?
List the problems that factory workers had to face during this time.
Write a journal entry as if you were a child laborer during this time.
List the benefits of belonging to a labor union during this time.
Create a poster that shows the factory conditions from the late 1800s and early 1900s and the problems that faced these workers.
Were there factories in your community during the 1800 and early 1900s? If so, what were they like?
Taking Informed Action
Do workers face problems today? Brainstorm ideas on how workers today can solve problems.