Alexander J. Morrow
The history of workers and class formation form early industrialization to the present. Emphasizes the interaction of class with race, ethnicity, gender, and political culture within the context of American economic development. Explores the role of unions, labor politics, and radical movements.
This course explores the history of work and working people, with particular emphasis on the United States during the 20th century. What is the cultural and material meaning of work? How has it changed over time? And what is the contemporary role of labor unions and radical movements in the fight for social justice? While rooted in reading, lecture, and discussion, this course will offer plenty of opportunity to explore labor history beyond the classroom walls.
Student learning goals
*understand the major trends in labor and working class history in America.
*describe the challenges that face(d) working people in the past and present.
*form developed opinions using historical evidence.
*articulate historical arguments in writing and speech.
General method of instruction
Lecture, Discussion, 3 films, field study.
There is no prerequisite, though some background in United States history may be useful.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm in class exam. Several small assignments. Final paper project.
Graded assignments and participation.