Web Forum - Teaching Labor History Forum Moderated by David Montgomery at www.HistoryMatters.GMU.edu
Starting March 1, 2001, David Montgomery will moderate a month-long open discussion on teaching about U.S. imperialism on the HISTORY MATTERS Web site (http://historymatters.gmu.edu). From the HISTORY MATTERS "Browse" page select "Talking History" then select "Labor" under Current Forums. To subscribe, choose "Join or leave list."
Professor Montgomery will answer questions and lead a discussion on teaching about labor history. The discussion will focus particularly on approaches to teaching labor history in U.S. history survey courses at the high school and college levels and include suggestions for resources or strategies.
David Montgomery is Farnam of History Professor Emeritus at Yale University. He has taught the history of labor in the United States, Civil War and Reconstruction, surveys of U.S. history, and other undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Warwick (England), SUNY Buffalo, the University of Campinas (Brazil), and Oxford University; he has received distinguished teaching awards at Pittsburgh and Yale. His books include Citizen Worker: The Experience of Workers in the United States with Democracy and the Free Market during the Nineteenth Century (1995), The Fall of the House of Labor: The Workplace, the State, and American Labor Activism, 1865-1925 (1987 – a Pulitzer Prize finalist); Workers’ Control in America (1979), and Beyond Equality: Labor and the Radical Republicans, 1862-1872 (1967). He served in the U.S. Army at the close of World War II, and was a machinist and union activist during the 1950s. As editor of International Labor and Working-Class History for many years, he encouraged the development of an international perspective on the history of working people.
HISTORY MATTERS is a gateway to the Web for teachers of the U.S. History Survey course. It provides high school and college teachers (and their students) a starting point for exploring American history on the Web with a large number of first-person historical documents for use in the classroom, an extensive annotated list of Web links, and a range of teaching resources (sample syllabi, teaching assignments, and forums, for example). HISTORY MATTERS is a project of the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York and the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The HISTORY MATTERS Web site was created with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The site is an in-progress prototype that will be expanding over the next two years.
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