HIS 217 History of Work in America (3 credits)

This course examines labor in the United States from the early 1600s to the present, with special emphasis upon the working class and organized labor after 1830. We will explore major themes in the changing nature of work including conditions, experiences, outlooks, and conduct of workers. Topics include the history of strikes, organizing, and unionism; pink collar work; slave labor and indentured servitude; the effects of war on labor conditions; and gender and race in the workplace.