Our fourth scored discussion was today, this one focusing on the role of labor and labor unions during the Great Depression. (The online discussion board is now open and all comments are due by next Thursday, 11/16, by midnight!) One main focus of the reading was the argument that labor unions were successful, even during desperate economic times, in advocating for the demands of their members. Some interesting things emerged from our discussions which I believe deserve some follow up as they are likely to be the subject of future class assessments and, more importantly, of your responsibilities as a citizen participating in discussions which will shape America's future.
I have linked below a few resources I want you to review. These will feature in our discussions during class on Monday. Also, don't forget that Chapter 26 is due Monday and Chapter 27 on Tuesday! Despite that, I hope you enjoy the extra long weekend!!!
Podcast on labor history, Listen to the portion from 23:25 to 46:15
Reading selection on Socialism and Communism
Documentary Clip on Eleanor Roosevelt's pet project, Arthurdale, WV (I will add this tonight, DVD is at my home)