4th-5th Grade History Activity: Samuel Gompers and the Labor Movement
Samuel Gompers was the president of the American Federation of Labor from 1886-1924. He fought for labor equality for all people regardless of gender, age or race. He had strong views on regulations, immigration, suffrage, and other issues, and worked to improve conditions for workers in the United States. In the activity below, read actual statements made by Gompers and then choose the meaning behind his words. To learn more about the history of the labor movement in the United States, read our post Labor Day: Why We Celebrate.
This activity is available in our American History B course
The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.