The study of how and why people choose to use and share resources is a central strategy to help students understand the how and the why of most historical events. Our class challenges students to examine and learn about the economic struggles in our country’s history and present society in order to more fully comprehend all issues. It is a complex topic as it demands that we study American history from a multiple of perspectives. Some of the topics of study are: The Labor movement as it relates to the industrial revolution, the “taylorization” of the work place and its effects on the working class, poverty issues, minimum wage, outsourcing, the education system and much, much more.
Students should look at Blackboard for the documents and assignments related to this topic covered in class. Bellow are some helpful links for students to more deeply understand these complex topics:
Poverty and Racism in America: Manhattan College Article
Income Inequality Statistics: Wikipedia (with extensive reference)
USA Today Article on Education and gender inequality
An Academic study full of web connections from Trinity College on social inequality issues
Lower East Side Tenement Museum