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Vocabulary: Unfamiliar words are defined at www.wisconsinhistory.org/dictionary

Student Activities:

1. What is the basic point of view of Jessie Stephenʹs recollections in ʺThe Union Badgeʺ? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?

2. How complete is his view of the events? What details is he likely to emphasize and which ones is he likely to overlook or omit?

3. What is the basic point of view of Emil Walberʹs recollections in ʺBay View Labor Riot of 1886ʺ? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys?

4. How complete is his view of the events? What details is he likely to emphasize and which ones is he likely to overlook or omit?

5. Both memoirs describe what happened at the Bay View Mills. List two important facts on which they agree. List two on which they disagree.

6. When sources of historical evidence disagree, what can you do to discover the truth? Does the official report of the adjutant general fill in the blanks well enough for you?

7. After reading all three documents, who do you think was most responsible for the violence that day? Quote evidence from the documents that supports your view.

8. When workers joined together and acted in unity, they could close down their employerʹs business and demand a safer workplace, more pay, or other benefits. Was this fair to the person who owned the business? Why do you think that? List your reasons in statements beginning with the word ʺBecause...ʺ

9. In some workplaces, every employee is required to join the union and pay membership dues (this is called a ʺclosed shopʺ). Is this fair to new employees? Support your answer with statements beginning with the word ʺBecause...ʺ

8th Grade Standards Addressed: 8.1, 8.4, 8.10

12th Grade Standards Addressed: 12.1, 12.2, 12.4, 12.5, 12.9

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