In honor of our friends at the Chicago Teacher's Union we are giving away an "Ode to Labor" Prize Pack. It will include a CD of labor songs, a map of key labor sites, and a poster . See the descriptions of the prizes below and be sure to enter!
Anywhere but Utah- The Songs of Joe Hill by Bucky Halker
From his website: Bucky Halker, Ph.D., is a singer-songwriter, performer, and scholar with fifteen recordings to his credit, including Welcome to Labor Land, a recording of Illinois labor songs from the past; and the all-originals Wisconsin 2-13-63, vols. 1 & 2; a 2012 personal tribute of original and cover songs “The Ghost of Woody Guthrie”; and this new release in celebration of the life, legacy and talents of Joe Hill. Bucky is also the author of For Democracy, Workers, and God: Labor Song-Poems and Labor Protest, 1865-1895 and is the producer-scholar for the Folksongs Illinois CD series.
Labor Trail Map
From their website: “The Labor Trail: Chicago's History of Working-Class Life and Struggle,” is a map of 140 significant locations in the history of labor, migration, and working-class culture in Chicago and Illinois. The Labor Trail is the product of a joint effort to showcase the many generations of dramatic struggles and working-class life in the Chicago area's rich and turbulent past. The Trail's neighborhood tours invite you to get acquainted with the events, places, and people – often unsung – who have made the city what it is today. In addition, the statewide map is just a starting point for further exploration of Illinois' labor heritage.
During the Institute we visit some of these sites. You can also visit their Interactive Labor Trail site with your students!
Labor Movement Poster
Activist artist Ricardo Levins-Morales wrote the following about this poster, “The social gains of humanity did not invent themselves and will not defend themselves. Only organized people can do that.” The poster measures 11''X17''.
Be sure to check out the Zinn Education Project for some great materials about labor!