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Teaching Resources


“Working Class Public History”, in this instance, refers to both a subject of study – working people – and to a potential method of doing public history from the bottom-up. Students enrolled in this seminar explored how working people and work have been remembered and represented around the world in museums, on-line exhibitions, monuments, statuary, public murals, historic sites, oral history projects, the built environment and so on. Students are then required to apply what they learnt to the history of working class families in an area of their choice.

If you have any questions regarding the course, contact Steven High, Canada Research Chair in Public History at

The 2006 Working-Class Public History Seminar Class

Class Resources

> Download Fall 2008 Class Syllabus
> Working Class Public History Digital Submission Draft Guidelines (March 2009)
> A Report on the Status of Canadian Labour History Teaching By Stan M. Lawlor (2006)
> Mapping Resources (Fall 2008)
> Basic Webworks Intro (Fall 2008)
> Adding a Project to the Working Class Public History website (March 2009)


A Guide to Canadian Labour History Resources
Historic Places Database
International Committee for Conservation of Industrial Heritage
Oral History Alexander Press “First Person”

Labor Arts
Labor Heritage Fund

Michael Moore

Labour Start

International Association of Labour History Institutions
Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University
Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence
Montreal Ecomusee du fier monde
Centre d'Histoire de Montréal

Museé de la Personne
Hamilton Workers' Arts and Heritage Centre
Walter Reuther Library

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas
Behind the Veil: Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers Project, 1936-38
Bread and Roses Cultural Project
History Matters (U.S. History)
History of Mining in Cape Breton
History Place. Child Labor in America, 1908-1912
Photographs of Lewis W. Hine
History Place. Dorothea Lange. Migrant Farm Families. Photographs
The Triangle Factory Fire

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