Capitalism and the People in an Age of Reform

History 103D.005

Fall 2014
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W 4-6P

A diverse array of political movements strove to reform American capitalism between the first Gilded Age and the Second World War.  Throughout this period a series of grassroots efforts arose that focused on economic questions.  This course will explore how the American public mobilized during this era to reform the nation’s political economy. Unions, Progressives, Populists, Socialists, and others, all struggled to reshape or “tame” capitalism. We will examine both their triumphs and failures, and consider their success in effecting the transformations they sought.

Course Books

CRY FROM THE COTTON: THE SOUTHERN TENENT FARMERS' UNION AND THE NEW DEAL by Grubbs, Donald University of Arkansas Press. ISBN: 978-1557285225 Required
Voices of Protest: Huey Long, Father Coughlin, & the Great Depression by Brinkley, Alan Vintage. ISBN: 978-0394716282 Required
Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939 by Cohen, Lizabeth Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-0521715355 Required
Bridgeport's Socialist New Deal, 1915-36 by Bucki, Cecelia University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252073632 Required
The World of Marcus Garvey: Race and Class in Modern Society by Stein, Judith Louisiana State University Press. ISBN: 978-0807116708 Required
Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American State, 1877-1917 by Sanders, Elizabeth University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 978-0226734774 Required
Reinventing “The People”: The Progressive Movement, the Class Problem, and the Origins of Modern Liberalism by Stromquist, Sheldon University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252072697 Required
Spearheads for Reform:The Social Settlements & the Progressive Movement, 1890 to 1914 by Davis, Allen Rutgers University Press. ISBN: 978-0813510736 Required
We Shall Be All: A History of the Industrial Workers of the World (abridged ed.) by Dubofsky, Melvyn University of Illinois Press. ISBN: 978-0252069055 Required
Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America by Gorn, Elliott J. Hill and Wang. ISBN: 978-0809070947 Required
The Populist Vision by Postel, Charles Oxford University Press. ISBN: 978-0195384710 Required
The Great Labor Uprising of 1877 by Philip S. Foner Pathfinder Press. ISBN: 978-0873488280 Required
The Robber Barons by Matthew Josephson Harvest Book. ISBN: 978-0156767903 Required