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Labor Day: Honoring the American Worker
A Select Bibliography of Resources from Palomar College Library


United States Department of Labor: The History of Labor Day Labor Day webpage
Covers the history of Labor Day, labor facts, and information on labor unions.

U.S. Census Bureau Labor Force Statistics

Institute of Industrial Relations Labor Research Portal (University of California Berkeley)


The books listed below may be found at Palomar College Library.  For location and additional information about each title, click the blue hyperlinks.  You may search the catalog of Palomar College Library for more books (at the search form, click "keyword" and then type "labor movement" in the search box), or search the catalogs of other libraries.

HD 8073 .A1 L33
Dubofsky, M., & Van Tine, W. (1987). Labor leaders in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

HD4904.25 .K667 2008
Kossek, E.E. (2008). CEO of me: Creating a life that works in the flexible job age. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Wharton School Pub.

HD 8072 .U18
Morris, R.B. (1976). The U.S. Department of Labor Bicentennial history of the American worker. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off.

HD 8066 .R3 1966
Rayback, J.G. (1966). A history of American labor. New York: MacMillan.

KF3455 .R47 2007
Repa, B.K. (2007). Your rights in the workplace. Berkeley, CA: Nolo.

HD 6508 .T25
Taft, P. (1964). Organized labor in American history. New York: Harper & Row.

HD 8066 .H57 2004
Weir, R., & Hanlan, J. (Eds.). (2004). Historical encyclopedia of American Labor. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.


The full-text of the following articles may be found by clicking on the blue hyperlink.  Find additional articles in other online databases.  Passwords are required for off-campus access to these databases.

Joyce, J.E. (2006, Feb. 10). Labor's future. Commonweal, 133(3), 11-18. Retrieved August 27, 2006, from EBSCO Host (Academic Search Premier) database.

Kazin, M. & Ross, S.J. (Mar. 1992). America's Labor Day: The dilemma of a workers' celebration. Journal of American History, 78(4), 1294-1393. Retrieved August 28, 2006, from JSTOR (Arts and Humanities) database.

Milkman, R. (May/June 2007). Critical mass: Latino labor and politics in California. NACLA Report on the Americas, 40(3), 30-42. Retrieved August 20, 2007, from EBSCO Host (Academic Search Premier) database.

Rosner, D., & Markowitz, G. (1999, September). Labor Day and the War on Workers. American Journal of Public Health, 89(9), 1319-1321. Retrieved August 28, 2008, from Academic Search Premier database.

Sheehan, J.H. (2001). Labor's achievement, weaknesses and future goals. Vital Speeches of the Day, 67(23), 732-735. Retrieved August 27, 2006, from EBSCO Host (Academic Search Premier) database.

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