- What are the differences and similarities
between enslaved labor and prison labor? Who benefited from these
- Why do you think prisoners were used
to build the aqueduct? What kinds of work do prisoners today
- What caused canal workers to form Rochester's
earliest unions and to strike several times between 1837 and
- What part did the Genesee River play
in the growth of industry in Rochester? Why did flour milling
decline in Rochester? What new industries replaced flour milling?
- Design a venn diagram that reflects
the problems of canal and transportation workers.
- Create a model or blueprint of a water-powered
mill, an aqueduct, or a canal lock.
- Locate on a map as many Rochester train
stations as you can identify. Which railroads did they serve?
Show on a map the Genesee Valley
communities served by these railroads.
Convict labor: work performed by convicted
prisoners, often for private or state employers contracting with
a prison system. Prisoners' low
wages are a concern for unions (worried about human
rights) and employers (worried about unfair competition from
Rochester Labor History Map/Guide, # 7, 16
Pacho Lane, Along the Erie Canal. (Video
from Ethnoscope, 1998; school edition, 2001)
David Macaulay, Mill. (1983)
William Gordon, Ninety-four Years of
Rochester Railways. (1975)
Ronald Shaw, Erie Water West: A History
of the Erie
Canal 1792-1854. (1966)