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Conflict in Print: Civil Rights and Labor Reform in American Literature and Culture

ENGL 105.910
Thursday 6-8:00 pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector IV: Interdisciplinary Humanities and Social Sciences of the College's General Education Curriculum

Americans believe in their rich heritage of dissent, trusting 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, The Federalists Papers, and The Autobiography of Frederick
Douglass, as well as more literary texts including Herman Melville’s
“Bartleby the Scrivener” and Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty.”
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.