History | A100 2653 U.S. Working Class & Labor Hist 5:45-8:45P T BH016 Ashby
A100 | 2653 | Ashby S


	Above section meets with LSTU L100

The course examines the struggles of American working people from colonial
times to the present to achieve dignity, fair wages, and the right to
organize into unions.  The course will examine both the history of working
people in America generally, and the history of organized labor.  Events
will be examined from social, economic, and political perspectives, and
through the lenses of race and gender.  The course will involve extensive
classroom discussion, videos, and debates.  Assigned readings include:
Strike! by Jeremy Brecher; A People's History of the U.S. by Howard Zinn;
and a working class novel, such as Thomas Bell's Out of This Furnace, John
Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, Ruth McKenney's Industrial Valley, or Upton
Sinclair's The Flivver King.  Grading will be based on take-home, essay
exams (mid-term and final), and a book review.