American Labor History from 1776 to Recent Times|
Spring 2018 not offered
FGSS 265, AMST 265|
"By the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread," the Lord enjoined in Genesis.
But who did the hard work in the United States? How did they live? How were they organized? To what ends? Why has their power declined in recent times? These questions are explored in this course, which will reach back to the 18th century but highlight the 20th century.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(HIST-MN)(HIST)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Melvyn Dubofsky and Joseph A. McCartin, eds., AMERICAN LABOR: A DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION (2004)
Peter Kolchin, AMERICAN SLAVERY, 1619-1877, 2nd ed. (2003)
Thomas Bell, OUT OF THIS FURNACE (1941, 1976)
Jake Rosenfeld, WHAT UNIONS NO LONGER DO (2014)
Plus readings on management and government policies, older and recent immigrants, Southern labor, labor and religion, gender relations, and the like.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Frequent response papers, an essay interpreting a primary document, a research essay, and a final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attend every class, having done the assigned reading and ready for discussion.