420 Midterm Essay '23
In-class writing exercise
Remember the Two Cousins (from units 8 & 11)? You are their uncle. You’ve just come from a tour of the Doohicky factory where they are employed. It’s 1900. You are in a thoughtful mood. As you think about the huge changes that have occurred over the past 40 years and their letters, write them a note that seeks to resolve their conflicting views and suggests how they should feel about America’s industrial “progress” and it’s impact on working class folks like you and your nephews and their families. In order to convince them, you will need to use some examples and show that you fully understand and respect their arguments by acknowledging the better points on each side (in other words you are a person who fully embraces the principles of PWG 4c).
We will have take one day to review material from earlier in the term, and then you will come to class the next day and write an essay for 50 minutes. If you have accommodations for test-taking, please let me know in advance.
Study guide below (relevant items that may have relevance to your point; use pull-down arrow):
Items from unit 10:
From Unit 10: Taylorism; efficiency; productivity; advertising; mechanization; division of labor; economies of scale; mergers; trusts; managers; limited liability; stock; stock exchange; dividends; capital; profits; capitalists; robber barons; tarrif; invention factories; free labor; wage labor; contract freedom; eight-hour day; strikes; competition; real wages; deflation; permanent working class; greenbacks.