A Day in the Life of an American Worker: 200 Trades and Professions through History allows readers to imagine the daily lives of ordinary workers, from the beginnings of colonial America to the present. It presents the stories of millions of Americans—from the enslaved field hands in antebellum America to the astronauts of the modern “space age”—as they contributed to the formation of the modern and culturally diverse United States.
Readers will learn about individual occupations and discover the untold histories of those women and men who too often have remained anonymous to historians but whose stories are just as important as those of leaders whose lives we study in our classrooms. This book provides specific details to enable comprehensive understanding of the benefits and downsides of each trade and profession discussed. Selected accompanying documents further bring history to life by offering vivid testimonies from people who actually worked in these occupations or interacted with those in that field.
- Provides readers with a comprehensive survey of the history of work in America
- Introduces readers to a variety of occupations that Americans have held, revealing how those jobs changed with the introduction of technology
- Includes a variety of primary documents to enliven the past and provide a glimpse into how historians use documents to understand the past