The Illinois Labor History Society has compiled "A Curriculum of United States Labor History for Teachers."
The American Labor Studies Center is an excellent resource for students and teachers for labor studies units. Site provides a wealth of information and curricular materials (e.g., this case study pdf) that provide opportunities for students and teachers to experience unions and labor disputes.
PBS has a comprehensive companion website to the sixteen-part series based on the award winning books by Joy Hakim. Website features an interactive timeline for students to explore; interactive games; workshop videos and teacher guides.
The Social Studies Help Center has an excellent history of Labor Unions.
Lesson plan for fifth grade on justice makes students aware of possible resolutions to conflict (from the Columbia Education Center).
Legal Thriller Alternative is a plan of study for twelfth grade students which has students research and report on one of the "trials of the century" and then apply their analysis of the trial to a hypothetical case regarding the rights and responsibilities of students. Created in collaboration with the Center for Civic Education and the National Council for the Social Studies this unit is part of a larger workshop for high school civics teachers.
Provides a timeline of events in the West to help give students a "larger picture" of the events and times surrounding the Haywood trial.
The Internet Archive has the entire text of The Confessions and Autobiography of Harry Orchard by Albert E. Horsley (1907) for you to download or read online.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law has an extensive site dedicated to Clarence Darrow with a thorough examination of the infamous Big Bill Haywood Trial and the surrounding details of the assassination of Frank Steunenberg. You can also read Darrow's Closing Summation.
The Online American History Textbook provides an interactive, multimedia history of the United States from the Revolution to the present and provides a brief overview of the primary elements surrounding the murder of Steunenberg.
Spartacus' Website provides an overview of the assassination and the associated trial.
The Haywood Trial garnered national attention and reporters from across the nation converged on Boise and reported on the trial. Visit the New York Times archives to get a glimpse of the national perspective on the trial.
The Boise City Office of the Historian provides an overview of the Haywood Trial with a timeline and peeks at the headlines of the day in the Boise Statesman.
The Debs Collection at Indiana State University contains Borah's Closing Argument in the Haywood Trial (large PDF file).
The Idaho Legal Historical Society has several articles on their site regarding the murder of Steunenberg, including an article written by Steunenberg's great-grandson, John T. Richards (who makes an appearance in our production - The Trial of the Century.)
The December 2006 issue of the Idaho State Bar Advocate has several fascinating reads regarding the events surrounding the Haywood Trial.
The George L. Crookham Collection housed at The College of Idaho represents the largest known private collection of documents from the Steunenberg Administration (1897-1901). The collection was donated on behalf of the Steunenberg and Crookham families to The College of Idaho in February, 2006.
Background on Christopher Connolly of Colliers magazine who was assigned to cover the Haywood trial as it unfolded in Boise.
Intrigued by J. Anthony Lukas' 1997 book, Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America, Seattle-based artist Scott Fife created "Big Trouble: The Idaho Project," an assembly of unique sculptures of the "cast of characters" from this volatile point in Idaho history. The Boise Weekly provides a review of the exhibit when it was featured at the Boise Art Museum in the spring of 2007.
The Idaho Museum of Natural History's Digital Atlas Project has made available the article, "From Statehouse to Bull Pen: Idaho Populism and the Coeur d'Alene Troubles of the l890's" by William J. Gaboury as part of the overview of the mining wars in Idaho.
Article published in the Centennial Edition of the Coeur d'Alene Press in 1963 recounts the conflicts between the miners and mine owners in North Idaho and gives additional background on Harry Orchard a.k.a. the Dynamite demon.
KUED created a documentary in 2000 examining the mining labor conflicts that shaped the West during the early 1900s which attempts to put the conflicts in social and historical context.
The Industrial Workers of the World outlines the turbulent history of the Bunker Hill Mining Complex in North Idaho.
Boyce began working in the Coeur d'Alene mining district in 1887. He became active in labor organization and was jailed for his participation in the 1892 labor disputes. In 1893 he joined the Western Federation of Miners, served as president, 1896-1902; and edited The Miner's Magazine, 1900-1902. During Boyce's reign over the WFM, the union waged three major labor strikes. The Northwest Digital Archives lists Eastern Washington State Historical Society as the repository for the Edward Boyce collection.
An online version of Violence and the Labor Movement by Robert Hunter (1914).
An online version of Emma Langdon's Labor's Greatest Conflicts (1908).
This episode of American Experience provides an in-depth look at the controversial and outspoken Emma Goldman and her and the formation of the International Workers of the World (I.W.W.)
American Masters provides an excellent organizer for students studying American Labor: Reading Guide for American Labor: 1830 - Present.
Get Up, Stand Up: The Story of Pop Music and Protest.
Songs were a central part of the Industrial Workers of the World strategy for recruitment, solidarity and strikes. Many of these tunes adapted new lyrics to fit the moment - a trait common to many protest songs throughout history.
A brief overview of the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
Learn more about Allen Pinkerton and the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
An example of the "cipher" or code that Pinkerton Detectives employed to pass messages.
Some history behind the Cowboy Detective who, despite his reluctance, was involved in the miners' strikes in Coeur d'Alene, the Haymarket anarchist trial, and the Haywood trial.
McParland was the most famous of the Pinkerton detectives. He arrested Harry Orchard and was responsible for extricating his confession. McParland is also well-known for breaking up the miners' union in Pennsylvania known as the "Molly Maguires" in the 1870's.