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HIST 480 G2 - US Work Class Hist Since 1780

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Focuses on working class formation, culture, ideas, and organization; examines daily experience of work and community life; special emphasis on race, ethnicity, and gender in the process of class formation; labor relations and the changing patterns of working class protest and accommodation. Course Information: Same as LER 480. 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours.

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Description: Music will be at the center of our examination of U.S. labor and working-class history this semester. How have working people and their movements shaped the history of music in the United States- How have musicians and their audiences participated in workers- struggles for justice- How can scholars make use of musical sources to understand the history of work and working people- Each week we will explore a different case study, ranging from enslaved people-s songs of resistance to the labor politics of contemporary popular music. Reading, viewing, and listening assignments will include both classic and recent texts. Writing assignments will include short response papers and a final essay. No previous knowledge of music or labor history is required.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 2

Term(s): Spring


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