Topic Description

Labor studies examines questions of employment, work, workers’ rights, and regulations in the workplace. We can also, however, consider with the videos in this collection other spaces and places of work. How do women labor in the home? What does labor look like for the under- or unemployed?

Overarching Themes

  • Comparing occupations across decades
  • Comparing working conditions across decades
  • The evolution of leisure time with the advent of the 40-hour work week
  • The role of unionization and strikes in labor struggles