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Work pays America! Prosperity

[Detail] Work pays America! Prosperity

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America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915 (Summary Only) This collection presents motion pictures that document the work and leisure activities of Americans at the turn of the century.

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Black and White Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945 (Summary and Teaching Resources)

America from the Great Depression to World War II: Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945 (Summary and Teaching Resources)

American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 (Summary and Teaching Resources) The life stories in this collection highlight working conditions and the affect of industrialization on Americans. Search on work, labor, boss, factory, and specific types of occupations and industries.

America's First Look Into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views (Summary and Teacher Resources) Use the term "occupational portrait" to find a number of images documenting the different disciplines of this industrial age.

Buckaroos in Paradise: Ranching Culture in Northern Nevada, 1945-1982 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Use this collection to explore the impact of industrialization over the course of the twentieth century.

By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Works in this collection represent programs from President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Use the occupational index to explore over one thousand portraits of creative individuals taken by photographer, Carl Van Vechten between 1932 - 1964.

Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 (Summary and Teaching Resources) View some of the earliest motion pictures made of industrial work in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Use the terms "industrial strikes" or "labor" to search for documents describing working conditions, workers’ standards of living, and strikes in various industries during the 1920s.

Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.

Working in Paterson: Occupational Heritage in an Urban Setting (Summary Only) This collection of interviews and photographs represent a four-month study of occupational culture in Paterson, New Jersey, considered to be the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America.