Professor James Gregory
Office hours: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 and by appointment
American Social Movements Since 1900:
from Woman Suffrage to White Nationalism
Social movements are a key feature of American politics. Especially since the start of the 20th century, certain social movements have been highly influential, reshaping ideas and political life, achieving major changes in law and policy, in some cases rearranging rules of race, gender, and economy. Others have been much less effective. This course explores the dynamics and the history of social movements of many kinds seeking to understand how they work and how they achieve influence. Moving chronologically, we will explore Woman Suffrage movements in the early decades of the 20th century, labor radicalism including the IWW and the Seattle General Strike of 1919, the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, unemployed movements in the 1930s, civil rights movements from the 1950s-1970s, ending with two recent social movements: the Fight for Fifteen campaign based in Seattle and SeaTac and the organized racist movements that have been active since the 1990s.
I am still deciding on the reading list. Articles and chapters from book will be assembled in a course reader, available from Rams Copy (4144 University Ave). In addition, you will need to obtain printed copies of: Linda Gordon, The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition (W.W. Norton, 2017) and Jonathan Rosenblum, BEYOND $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement (Beacon Press, 2017). Both are available at the University Bookstore.
Grades will be based on in class discussion, three or four short responses to the readings, and an 8+ page research paper. The research paper will focus on a social movement of your choice with research based both on primary and secondary sources. One of the resources we will use at various points is the Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century Project, a digital history project based in the UW Department of History. http://depts.washington.edu/moves/