U.S. Labor History|
Fall 2009 not offered
How does the history of labor in the United States of America compare to that in other highly industrialized nations? For example, how did the system of slavery shape industrialization in the United States? Why were the socialist and communist movements much weaker in the United States than in Germany, France, and Italy, and why was there no major labor party in the United States as there was in England and Australia? Why have American workers been extraordinarily more militant in job actions than their counterparts elsewhere? How have the religious convictions of the American people affected industrial relations? And why do Americans flinch at the word "class"? It is not a problem for the English, French, or Germans. What explains the difference?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Steve Babson, THE UNFINISHED STRUGGLE
Eugene Genovese, ROLL, JORDAN, ROLL: THE WORLD THE SLAVES MADE (1974).
Melvyn Van Tine and Warren Van Tine, eds., LABOR LEADERS IN AMERICA (1987)
Seymour Martin, Lipset and Gary Marks, IT DIDN┐T HAPPEN HERE: WHY SOCIALISM FAILED IN THE UNITED STATES (2000)
Peter Kwong, FORBIDDEN WORKERS: ILLEGAL CHINESE IMMIGRANTS AND AMERICAN LABOR (1997)
Also, many primary documents.
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Prepare lists of questions for discussion, four short essays, a mid-term in-class exam, and a final exam.
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