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Illinois Labor History Society

I&M Canal

The I&M Canal Teacher Resources

These two lesson plans focus on the workers who built the I&M Canal.  They include primary source document analysis, along with a Power Point presentation to support the activities, and a bibliography for further research.

This project was made possible by a generous grant from the Illinois & Michigan Canal Heritage Area Internship Grant Program.

We now carry the book Passage to Chicago A Journey on the Illinois & Michigan Canal in the Year 1860 by Tom Willcockson.  Click HERE to get your copy today!

I&M Canal Power Point

I & M Canal Bibliography

I&M Canal: A Worker's Journey                                A Worker's Journey Document Packet

Telling the Story of the I&M Through Maps             Telling the Story of the I&M Through Maps Document Packet