A Historical Outline of Organized Labor in the United States


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What were the workers guilty of according to the verdict in the Cordwainer's Case of 1806?

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1. How does being blacklisted hurt a worker?

2. How did organized labor change during the Progressive Era?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Several factors triggered the rise of organized labor, a movement which faced continual challenges during the 19th century. While Congress passed several pieces of landmark legislation to protect workers during the 20th century, economic forces have also played a fundamental role in the rise and decline of labor unions. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of the factors and laws that have shaped the history of organized labor.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The Cordwainer's Case
  • Challenges to labor unions
  • The Clayton Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • Economic trends that have affected organized labor

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will let students test the following skills:

  • Information recall - use the information you've acquired to trace the history of labor unions
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the the cause and effect of laws passed to protect workers and regulate unions
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can define and describe and implications of terms such as blacklisted and collective bargaining
  • Making connections - understand how social and economic forces contributed to the rise and decline of organized labor

Additional Learning

To learn more about the American labor movement, review the accompanying lesson on the history of organized labor in the United States. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The Cordwainers and the motives behind early labor unions
  • The benefits of collective bargaining
  • Tactics business owners used to thwart labor unions
  • Key legislation that has affected organized labor
  • Economic trends that have affected union membership