AMS 253 Work, Wealth, and Power: U.S. Business and Labor History (3)

Examines U.S. business and labor history in order to understand Americans’ changing perceptions of wealth, work and power from the 1790s to the present. Topics include the major economic transformations in American history; principles of scientific management; formation of class identity; productivity and the meaning of work; the structure of American capitalism and conceptions of the American Dream. Students will examine the ways in which U.S. business and labor practices have changed over time; the role capital and labor have played in shaping the nation’s economic agenda and the political power wielded by manufacturing alliances and labor organizations.

Cross-listed with HST.

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