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HIST 135
Worker in American Life: 1877 to the Present

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This course begins with the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and covers the more important events central to the economic, social, cultural, and political history of labor and the working class from the last two decades of the nineteenth century to the present. The San Francisco Bay Area has been an important site of labor and working class history, and this local history will receive special emphasis. Also, local events will be considered in the context of national and international dynamics, including the impact on American workers and the American labor movement of U.S. expansion overseas, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II and the Cold War, and Neoliberal post-Cold War Globalization.

Women influenced the American labor movement and workplace relations in distinctive ways during this period, and special emphasis will be placed on the gender and ethnic and racial diversity in the workforce, as well as changes in the ways in which women participated in the paid and unpaid workforce, the labor movement, and in politics and policy work related to labor unions and labor relations.

Students will also have an opportunity to participate in the activities of the Bay Area Labor History Workshop and to conduct original research at the Northern California Labor Archives and Research Center.

This course is open to all students, no prerequisites.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirement(s): Historical Perspectives.

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Last Updated: 6/22/17