Instructor: Elizabeth McKillen
Time: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00-9:50
Description: Tired of that job flipping burgers? Want to know more about the nature of work in earlier historical eras? Interested in the labor movement, the “folks who gave you the weekend”?
This course examines the ways in which the “world of the worker” was transformed during successive stages of capitalist development and industrialization (1770-present). It also considers individual and collective responses by workers to changes in their work, family, community, and political life. Themes will include technological and managerial innovation and its influence on the lives of American workers; ethnic, racial, and gender divisions within the working class; working-class protest and resistance; the evolution of trade unions; the growing role of the state in mediating conflicts between capital and labor; the rise of public sector unionism; and the evolution of a global division of labor.
Meets the Western Cultural Traditions or Cultural Diversity and International Perspectives General Education Requirements.