Class, Labor, and American Capitalism
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Midterm, final, 3 page labor event observation paper, and 7-10 page research paper or service learning report, weekly reading responses. No one may pass the course without completing each of these assignments.
They will be weighted as follows: midterm (20%), final (25%), research paper or service learning project (30%), labor event report (10%), class participation/reading responses (15%). The class participation grade will depend largely on the weekly discussions of assigned readings and on several short response-to-readings assignments. Generally we will set aside an hour each Thursday to discuss the readings.
SCHEDULE OF LECTURES & READINGS
Week 1: ( read Freeland, Plutocrats, 1-87)
Week 2: (read Freeland, Plutocrats, 141-287)
Week 3: (read Green, Death in Haymarket, 1-159)
Week 4: (read Green, Death in Haymarket, 160-320)
Week 5 : (readings for research projects TBA)
Week 6 : (readings for research projects TBA)
Week 7: (read Bulosan, America is in the Heart, 1-151)
Week 8 : (read Bulosan, America is in the Heart, 152-327)
Week 9: (read Fantasia and Voss, Hard Work, 1-119)
LABOR EVENT OBSERVATION PAPER
The object of this assignment is to learn something about how contemporary labor movements operate. You should make plans to observe a labor event, either a cultural event, meeting, picket line, or protest. Then submit a 3 page observation paper describing what you have seen and offering observations and analysis of what it reveals about contemporary labor culture. What attitudes and practices do you observe? Do they reflect aspects of labor history and labor culture that we have been discussing in class? By labor culture I mean ideas, values, rituals, symbols, tactics, etc. Grades will be based on the quality of observations and the quality of writing. This assignment should be completed early and turned in as soon as possible. Deadline: May 8.
See canvas page for list of events. As I learn about events, I will post them. Feel free to suggest others.
RESEARCH PAPER/ SERVICE LEARNING
There are two options for this assignment: (1) a 7-10 page historical research paper (2) participate in a service learning assignment with an eligible union or poverty program and write a 7-10 page report. Consult the canvas site for full descriptions of each.
Labor Yearbook Projects:
We are developing yearly accounts of labor activism in Washington State. This project involves reading the Seattle Union Record on microfilm for a single year. Collect a digital copy of all articles about strikes or labor protests, create an excel database, and write a summary report. Here is an example report and database: http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/encyclopedia/yearbook1918.shtml. Choose any year between 1904 and 1917
IWW in the Pacific Northwest Project:
We are developing a set of resources about the IWW that will be published online. Work on this project involves reading the Industrial Worker on microfilm and collecting articles about strikes and other incidents. Students will create a database and write about IWW activities during any two year period from 1909 to 1921. Or you can research and write about events like the Spokane free speech fight, Everett massacre, 1917 timber strike.
Other research papers:
These projects will require library research involving primary and secondary sources .
SERVICE LEARNING OPTION
We have arranged with the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center for service learning positions with the following organizations:
Most will require 5 hours work each week. Your grade for this assignment will be based in equal parts on work performance and your final paper. This will be a report about the organization and how it operates. It will be based on your observations and you will hopefully also have a chance to interview one or more officials of the organization. It should be 7or more pages in length.
More information: visit the Carlson Center web site at uw.edu/Carlson and find the link to Spring Service-Learning classes. You can log in using your UW Net ID to browse positions. For this class, service-learning registration opens on Thursday April 4 at 8 am and closes on Sunday, April 7.