This course will introduce students to the history of labor movements and workers’ politics in the United States. We will examine the importance and impact of organized labor and class inequality in United States history. We will engage questions that will allow us to critically study labor and class in United States history. How do people form identities through their work and participation in labor movements? How has work, labor, and the labor movement been gendered and racialized? What is the relationship between labor movements and labor unions? How do family relations, entertainment, and leisure activities shape the formation of labor politics and working-class cultures? We will study these questions through examination of historical research, film, and fiction in order to critically question definitions of class, work, and labor in the United States.

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