Dr. Robert Dykstra, Clark University
Saturday, March 1, 2008
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at Assumption College
This seminar focuses on the rise of industrialism in the United States,
and how major groups responded to economic and social modernization.
After considering the "classic" model of prewar industrialization, we'll
turn attention to the period between the Civil War and the Progressive
Era -- roughly 1865 to 1900. Topics for discussion include American
mechanical innovation, the little-understood "money question," the
emergence of corporate enterprise, the rise of organized labor, the
search for stability in agriculture, and criticism posed by various
important reformers: Liberals, Single-Taxers, Nationalists,
revolutionary Marxists, and men and women associated with the Social
Gospel and its allies. The assigned readings include excerpts from a
variety of political manifestos and writers such as Mark Twain, James
Bryce, John Greenleaf Whittier, Coin Harvey, William Graham Sumner,
Horatio Alger Jr., Russell H. Conwell, Henry Adams, Samuel Gompers, Walt
Whitman, Henry George, Edward Bellamy, Gene Debs, Charles M. Sheldon,
and Jane Addams.
To register, please contact Amy Sopcak, the Project Coordinator, at
(508) 471-2129 or asopcak[at]mwa.org
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