This course explores central issues in labor and working-class history from the mid nineteenth century to the present. It broadly encompasses various aspects of labor and working-class history, but pays a special attention to working people’s experiences and cultures.
This course also explores how the politics of gender, race, sexual, and national identities shaped working-class experiences and cultures. Gender, race, and nation were central to class formation, not only in the way that they constituted divisions of labor, but also by providing working people with a subjective framework for constructing their sense of self. It inquires when, why, and how these differences became culturally and politically significant in working-class cultures and experiences.