Michael K. Honey
T HIST 322
Provides a history of workers and labor institutions from the era of industrialization to the post-industrial era, focusing on labor-management conflict, the rise and fall of unions, and on the role of government, the media, and other forces in determining events. Concludes with an assessment of labor today.
This course provides the student with an overview of labor and social history from the Civil War to the present, with a focus on the role of working-class people in building and democratizing America. Who Built America? is the main text. Films, lectures, intensive discussions, review of sources, and independent readings will culminate in a free ranging debate about the role of labor in American society. We will also attend a special lecture and have a classroom discussion with Pulitzer-prize winner Hedrick Smith on his new book, Who Stole the American Dream?
Student learning goals
Learn an overview history of American working people.
Strengthen reading, research, writing, and memory skills.
Develop writing and oral communication skills.
Open a world of discussion about work and workers and how this relates to your own life.
General method of instruction
Lecture-discussion, with a focus on film and historical analysis.
No prerequisites required.
Class assignments and grading
Quizzes and participation, two essays, a book review, one-fourth each of your grade.
Twenty-five percent for each of the items above.