Labor History Questions
Labor History Questions
use the three assigned readings below and and any additional references
M5. Labor Movement from Late 1940s to 2000
Please respond to the following questions:
What do you believe were the major causes of organized labor’s decline in the post-World War II years?
How important was the development of modern management in the post-World War II years?
In this module we will discuss the development of the labor movement and the workplace after World War II to the end of the twentieth-century.
This module will discuss the following themes:
The effects of Vietnam on working people;
Labor and the Cold War;
The development of the post-war corporation and its impact on workers;
Workers in popular culture;
The loss of American manuacturing jobs;
Increases in public sector employment and the rise of public sector unionization;
The effect government social programs in the 1960s and 1970s on workers, and the impact of the Reagan era on working people, and
The decline of the labor movement.
Foster Rhea Dulles and Melvyn Dubofsky Labor in America A History Eighth Edtion 2010, chapters 19 to 21. pages 325-364
Jefferson Cowie 2010 Stayin Alive The 1970s and the last days of the woking class, Introduction, Chapter 1 pages 24-74, Chapter 4 pages 168-209 , Chapter 7 pages 314-356.
Jonathan Rees and Johnathan Pollack The Vovise of the People 2004, pages 185 to 224.
You will be asked to write a review of a labor-themed film.
We will discuss labor movements from the late 1940s to 2000.
To view the due dates for this module, click on the Course Schedule.
Image : Poster showing head-and-shoulders of woman operating a machine as part of World War II production effort. It reads “”I’ve found the job where I fit best!” find your war job in industry, agriculture, business.” Washington, D.C. : Office of War Information, 1943. Library of Congress Photograph and Prints. https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/90707072/.
5. Research Sources
The following are some quality web-based resources that you may be interested in viewing and incorporating into your written assignments or the discussion area (don’t forget to cite any materials you use):
Barry, Kathleen M. Too Glamorous to be Considered Workers. Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, vol 3, no 3 (Fall 2008), 119-138.
Brattain, Michelle. Making Friends and Enemies: Textile Workers and Political Action in Post-World War II Georgia. The Journal of Southern History 63.1 (1997): 91-138.
Brody, David. Labor History, Industrial Relations, and the Crisis of American Labor.Industrial and Labor Relations Review 43.1 (1989): 7-18.
Brooks, Jennifer. World War II Veterans and Labor in the Postwar South. Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas vol 7, no 2 (Summer 2010), 27-52.
Dark, Taylor E. Organized Labor and the Congressional Democrats: Reconsidering the 1980s. Political Science Quarterly 111.1 (1996): 83-104.
Democracy in Overalls: The Futile Quest for Union Democracy. Industrial and Labor Relations Review 12.4 (1959): 503-525.
Drucker, Peter F. ‘Management Science’ and the Manager. Management Science 1. 2 (1955): 115-126.
Drucker, Peter F. Labor in Industrial Society. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 274 (1951): 145-151.
Lipsitz, George. The Meaning of Memory: Family, Class, and Ethnicity in Early Network Television Programs. Cultural Anthropology 1.4 (1986): 355-387.
Schrecker, Ellen W. Archival Sources for the Study of McCarthyism. The Journal of American History 75.1 (1988): 197-208.
Sugrue, Thomas J. Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940-1964. The Journal of American History 82.2 (1995): 551-578. .
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