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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Spring 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
40630 T
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
SRH 1.320

Course Description

The seminar proposes to impart to its participants an appreciation of the role of the working class in twentieth century Lain American history. Through the medium of original reserach, each student will learn about work and workers as well as the sources for the study of their history. He or she will explore the issues of labor history, develop and execute a research project, write a major research paper, present his/her own work, and critique that of others. At the conclusion of the class, we will hold a mock labor history conference in which each will present a synopsis of his/her paper. Others will have an opportunity to critique and discuss the papers. The principal focus of this seminar will be South American labor history, and students may work on research projects for Brazil and the Spanish South American republics, although topics concerning Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will not be discouraged. Everyone will write an analysis of a book about Chilean textile workers and prepare a proposal for their research project. In all the written assignments, needles to mention, the student-writer should be interested in logical organizaiton and clear exposition as well as in a critical evaluation of the role of labor. As a special feature of the seminar, all students will contribute to a collection of Latin American strike data. We will tabulate the number and intensity (in terms of number of workers involved and workdays lost). In this way, each will be able to compare the data to the international business cycle and to political and economic conditions.


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