Conflict in Print: Civil Rights and Labor Reform in American Literature and Culture
Americans believe strongly in their rich heritage of dissent, believing
that both their nation’s foundation and their nation’s continued strength
arises out of the freedom Americans have to speak truth to power.
Students in this course will read foundational American texts, such as
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, as well as
lesser known texts such as Rebecca Harding Davis’s “Life in the Iron Mills”
and Richard Wright’s “Bright and Morning Star.” Throughout students will be
asked to hone their writing and critical reading skills while viewing texts
both as literature and as historical and sociological documents.
Humanities And Social Science Sector (for students admitted in Fall 2006 and later)