Working Families, the "American Standard" of Living,
and the Origins of the Regulatory State
Dr. John McClymer, Assumption College
Saturday, February 3, 2007
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"I know histhry isn't thrue, Hinnessy, because it ain't like what I see
ivry day in Halsted Sthreet. If any wan comes along with a histhry iv
Greece or Rome that'll show me th' people fightin', gettin' dhrunk, makin'
love, gettin' married, owin' th' grocery man an' bein' without hard-coal,
I'll believe they was a Greece or Rome, but not befure." --Finley Peter
Dunne, Observations by
Mr. Dooley (1902)
Mr. Dooley, Finley Peter Dunne's mythic Chicago saloonkeeper, had a point.
History, in his day and to some extent even in our own, ignores people. We
write about industrialization, about urbanization, about strikes and
economic panics. We do not write and, especially, we do not teach very
much about the people who worked in the new factories and mills, migrated
to the cities, took part in the strikes, and suffered through the hard
times. This seminar is about doing "histhry" that is "thrue." It is about
getting our students to believe that there was a Worcester, a
Massachusetts, and an industrial America in the late 19th century.
Each seminar is worth 5 PDPs, and you are expected to attend the entire
event. You do not have to be enrolled in the fall Teaching American
History (TAH) course to be eligible to register for the Saturday seminars,
but you must be a teacher in the Worcester, Millbury, or Sutton public
school districts. Some pre-reading may be required. Space is limited.
Registration Deadline: January 26
register, please contact Amy Sopcak at (508) 471-2129
or asopcak[at]mwa.org. Preference will be given to teachers from the
Worcester, Millbury, and Sutton school districts, but teachers from other
districts who are interested are encouraged to contact Amy to be placed on
a waiting list.
TAH Courses, Saturday Seminars,
and Summer Institutes,