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James N Gregory
HSTAA 353
Seattle Campus

Class, Labor, and American Capitalism

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.

Class description

This course explores the themes of work, class, and labor movements along with the history of American capitalism. The stages of American capitalism and class formation, changes in racial, ethnic, and gender relations and in the values of work, leisure, and consumerism are among the issues to be considered.

The course is also about the politics of labor and class. Attempts to organize working people into labor unions or political parties date back to the 1820s. We will explore the many faces of organized labor and American radicalism seeking to understand what is often said to be America's unique hostility to class-based ideologies and organizations. The course concludes with a consideration of contemporary patterns of social inequality and the current fate of organized labor.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Midterm, final, 3 page paper, and 7-10 page research paper (or service learning option).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
http://faculty.washington.edu/gregoryj/353/
Last Update by James N Gregory
Date: 02/06/2014