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                              U.S. Labor History
                                               

Priscilla Murolo                                                                                              Labor 697C
pmurolo at sarahlawrence.edu                                                                      Summer 2018
                                                         
                                          Click here for the class schedule.  

Reading assignments
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (paperback from Yale University Press, 2001 edition)
Theresa Malkiel, The Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker (The Cooperative Press, 2nd edition, 1910 - free PDF available via Google Books)
Priscilla Murolo and A.B. Chitty, From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend: A Short, Illustrated History of Labor in the United States
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A Pocket Guide to Writing in History (9th ed., 2017)
Various articles and historical documents, itemized in the class schedule and available on-line.

Douglass's Narrative, From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend, and Rampolla's Pocket Guide can all be purchased on line; they are not hard to track down. (I especially recommend buying them from Powell's Books, a union shop.) In the case of Douglass's book, please try to get the particular edition listed above, so that we can all be on the same page when we consult the book in class. With regard to the Pocket Guide, it's okay to opt for an earlier edition, which would be less expensive, but steer clear of anything older than the 6th or 7th edition, published in 2009 and 2012. A PDF of The Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker can be downloaded free of charge from Google Books as well as from our course page on UMass's Moodle.

Before the course begins, read the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and all of the following books (preferably in this order): From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and The Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker. Unless Labor History is your only course this summer, it's also a good idea to read all of the articles and documents assigned for Tuesday, July 17, through Monday, July 23. At the end of June, a few articles on breaking news may be added to the readings for Tuesday, July 24; if so, they'll be posted on Moodle.

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Seminar meetings
Our meetings will include illustrated lectures, open discussions, student presentations, and a few musical interludes. Reading assignments are paired with discussion questions posted on this website's questions page and appended to Moodle copy of our syllabus. Please think about these questions as you prepare for class. They'll provide the starting points for our discussions, which will usually begin with a student presentation on the question at hand.


Seminar paper
You are free to explore any topic in U.S. labor history, from the colonial period through 2018. The paper may take various forms: a paper based on research in primary sources, an annotated collection of historical documents or oral-history interviews, an assessment of scholarship on a particular topic, or some other essay that involves critical thinking about U.S. labor history, including very recent developments. For guidelines on historical research and writing, see Rampolla's Pocket Guide; but please use the citation system laid out in the ULA Style Sheet instead of the one presented in Rampolla's book. The paper is due December 1, 2018, and the recommended length is 20 pages (double-spaced 12-point type, including citations). Email it to <pmurolo@sarahlawrence.edu>. .

During the week of July 16-21, every student will have a one-to-one conference to discuss possibilities for the seminar paper. A one-page prospectus is due on Tuesday, July 24, at our second to last class meeting. The prospectus should:
- Lay out the central question that prompts your project: what do you want to figure out?
- State your thesis in reply to that question: what's your best guess at this point?
- Explain the significance of your project: why does it matter to you, to other historians, to your union, or to some other worthy project?
- Include a preliminary bibliography of relevant scholarship and/or journalism (both books and articles).
- Briefly describe any primary sources you intend to use.

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C L A S S   S C H E D U L E:                             
Dates, Topics, Reading Assignments
All of the texts marked with an asterisk can be accessed on the UMass's Moodle page for our course. I
n some cases, the texts are also available on public websites, and you will find the links below.
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7/16
7/17
7/18
7/19
7/20
7/21
7/23
7/24
7/25





Monday, July 16                                                                                                  
Introduction/The Unfinished Revolution                                                             


Reading:
*Priscilla Murolo,"What Is Labor History?"
From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend, foreword and chapters 1 and 2
*Declaration of Independence - click for direct link
*Constitution of the United States - click below for direct links:
          Original Constitution (1788)         
          Bill of Rights (Amendments 1-10, 1791)
          Amendments 11-27 (1795-1992)
        

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Tuesday, July 17
The Slaveholding Republic/Another Unfinished Revolution                                 
  

Reading:
From the Folks, chapters 3 and 4
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
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Gerda Lerner, ed., "The Case of Margaret Garner" (1856, 1876), "They Called Her Moses" (1860, 1869) and "An Ingenious Escape" (1852, 1860), in Black Women in White America: A Documentary History
*Civil War and Reconstruction chronology
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Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (1862)
*Emancipation Proclamation (1863)- click for direct link (scroll down for a link to the transcript)
*13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution (1865-1870) - click for direct link; scroll down for Amendments 13-15
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Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case for Reparations," The Atlantic, June 2015 (PDF available on Moodle the but for some great extra graphics, see the online version at this url: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

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Wednesday, July 18
The Gilded Age 
                                                                                                      

Reading:
From the Folks, chapter 5
*Knights of Labor, "Preamble and Declaration of Principles" (circa 1885)
*Las Gorras Blancas, "Nuestra Platforma"(circa 1889)
*Samuel Gompers, "Free Speech and Public Assembly" (1891-1914)
*Lucy Warner, "Why Do People Look Down on Working Girls?" (1890)
*National People's Party Platform (1892) - click for direct link
*Lucy Parsons, "The Principles of Anarchism" (1905) - click for direct link
*David Adams, "Internal Military Interventions in the United States," Journal of Peace Research 32:2 (1995): 197-211; see especially the section titled "The Era of Industrial Warfare"

Recommended: *Michael Reich, "Capitalist Development, Class Relations, and Labor History," in J. Carroll Moody and Alice Kessler-Harris, eds., Perspectives on American Labor History, 31-54
  
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Thursday, July 19
Politics and Direct Action   
                                                                                   

Reading:
From the Folks, chapter 6
Diary of a Shirtwaist Striker - click for direct link to text on Google Books, which can be downloaded as a PDF; also available on Moodle
Statements on political action, from the American Federation of Labor, the Socialist Party, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Mother Jones:
          *Samuel Gompers (AFL), "The Political Policy of Organized Labor" (1909-1919)
          *Eugene Debs (SP), "Unionism and Socialism" (excerpts, 1904)
          *Mrs. Robert Patterson (SP), "The Negro Woman in Politics" (1922)
          *Vincent St. John (IWW), "Political Parties and the I.W.W." (circa 1910)
           *IWW, "Organize on the Job Where You Are Robbed" (1911)
           *Ernest Riebe, IWW, "Mr. Block: He Tries Political Action" (circa 1913)
           *Mother Jones, "You Don't Need a Vote to Raise Hell," from The Autobiography of Mother Jones (1925) - click for direct link
 
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Friday, July 20
Hard Times, Fighting Times 
                                                                                 

Reading:
From the Folks, chapters 7 and 8 and first sections of chapter 9 (pp. 221-31)
*Mary Heaton Vorse, "Victory in Flint" and "The Chrysler Strike," in Labor's New Millions
*Vicki Ruiz, "Women's Participation in UCAPAWA Locals, 1939-1950": Tables 4 and 5, in Ruiz, Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950

Recommended:
*Philip Murray, "Report of the President," Final Proceedings of the Eighth Constitutional Convention of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (1946)
*CIO, Final Proceedings of the Eighth Constitutional Convention (1946)

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Saturday, July 21
Repression, Accommodation, Resistance    
                                                          

Reading:
From the Folks, final sections of chapter 9 (pp. 231-45) and chapter 10

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Monday, July 23
New Challenges, New Labor                                                                                  


Reading:
*From the Folks, chapters 11-13, manuscript version
*SEIU, "SEIU Resolution to End U.S. Occupation of Iraq, and [for] Return of U.S. Troops," New Labor Forum 13:3 (Fall 2004): 95-97
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AFL-CIO Executive Council, Resolution #53 (on the war in Iraq), adopted by the AFL-CIO Convention, 2005
*Convention Debate on Resolution 53, unofficial transcript from U.S. Labor Against the War

Recommended:
YouTube video on the backstory to the AFL-CIO's adoption of Resolution 53 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fivdtboF4l8

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Tuesday, July 24
What's Going On
                                                                                                   

Reading:
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From the Folks, chapters 14-15, manuscript version

NO FORMAL PRESENTATION TODAY. EVERYONE SHOULD PREPARE TO SPEAK TO THE DISCUSSION QUESTION.

HAND IN PROSPECTUS FOR THE SEMINAR PAPER.

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Wednesday, July 25                                                                                            
Looking Backward, Looking Forward                                                                 


Course evaluation and presentation of research plans.

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