A National Endowment for the Humanities site chock full of well-designed lesson plans, each geared to a certain grade level.
Reminiscences of a Lowell Mill Girl
A very interesting excerpt from Harriet Robinson’s Loom and Spindle, published in 1898.
Whole Cloth: Discovering Science and Technology Through American History
This excellent Smithsonian site is all about teaching the history of textile industry in the U.S. It’s a teaching site, complete with well-designed units, student activities, teacher and student essays, bibliographies, glossaries, timeframes, outcomes, etc. Geared to middle and high school students.
Child Labor in the United States
This site offers a classroom activity based on links to websites displaying Lewis Hine’s famous photographs of child laborers (1908-1912), and an exhibit about Southern mill towns (http://www.ibiblio.org/sohp/scholarship/bamberger/bamberger_closing.html).
Women Working, 1800-1930
Thousands of digitized books, manuscripts, and photographs about women and work, from the Harvard University Library.
Growing a Nation: A History of American Agriculture
From the government’s Economic Research Service, the premier source of research on American agriculture, comes this series of extensive timelines that can be searched by decade or by topic.
Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930
Various digitized historical materials from the Harvard University Library: documents, photographs, also a very good timeline. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum website
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum site has lesson plans, primary sources, and a great encyclopedia on topics like immigrant groups, the labor movement, and urban life (http://www.tenement.org/Encyclopedia/index.htm).