Curiosity Kits inspire exploration and learning of history through place. These multi-piece resources include articles that explore historic places and provide educational activities for life-long learners. This kit focuses on the work of labor activists in Chicago and their efforts to organize and fight for better working conditions.
This article features places associated with working-class women who became labor rights activists. Kate Hyndman, Vicky Starr, and Sylvia Woods came to Chicago to find work during the 1930s, a decade beset by the Great Depression. The economic crisis hit working-class and immigrant laborers the hardest. People became desperate as banks failed, farms and factories closed, and unemployment spiked. Read more
The activities in this lesson explore the history of factory workers in Chicago. Discover how women played a critical role in labor organizing in the early 1900s. Read more