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Teaching resources on labor activism

In (belated) honor of Labor Day and the start of the new school year, I want to call your attention to a set of lesson plans on labor activism and communal responsibility. The lessons are based on a speech given by Rose Schneiderman, a Jewish immigrant activist, lifelong advocate for the rights of workers and of women, and powerful orator. Schneiderman used her speeches -- such as this one that she delivered in April, 1911 to protest the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire -- to galvanize leaders and ordinary citizens to action on behalf of workers, immigrants, and other disadvantaged members of society. This edition of Go & Learn uses Schneiderman's speech and life example to explore our communal and individual responsibilities for the well being of others in our midst.

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Rose Schneiderman speaking at a union rally, c. 1910s. Courtesy of Brown Brothers.

How to cite this page

Rosenbaum, Judith. "Teaching resources on labor activism." 8 September 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on April 21, 2015) <http://jwa.org/blog/Schneiderman_lessons>.

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