UNST 220C: Understanding Communities

Module II:  Community, Class, and Power

Online Readings

Color-Coded Key

Required Reading/Activity
Strongly Recommended
Optional Reading/Activity

Online Readings and Activities

  1. "Observations on the Loss of Woollen Spinning, 1794." Internet Modern History Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1794woolens.html>.
  2. "Accounts of the 'Potato Revolution,' 1695-1845." Internet Modern History Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1695potato.html>.
  3. "Women Miners in the English Coal Pits, from Parliamentary Papers, 1842." Internet Modern History Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1842womenminers.html>.
  4. Engels, Friedrich. "Industrial Manchester, 1844." The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844. (London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1892):  45, 48-53. Internet Modern History Sourcebook. <http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1844engels.html>.
  5. Listen to "The Dread Scourge: Typhus (1853)." Adventures in Research. Radio broadcast. Westinghouse Research Labs. Host Paul Shannon. Writ. Philips Thomas. 10 Dec. 1946.
  6. "Plagues and Epidemics." Plumbing and Mechanical. (July 1988). <http://www.theplumber.com/plague.html>.
  7. Explore the Library of Congress’ website dedicated to immigration, at <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/immig/introduction.html>.  Click on items on the left-hand menu column to navigate the site.  Once at a section, click on the “next” button in the lower right of the screen.
  8. Explore Immigration: The Living Mosaic of People, Culture, and Hope. <http://library.thinkquest.org/20619/index.html>.  Click on items on the left-hand menu column to navigate the site.
  9. Take the virtual tour of Ellis Island, at <http://library.thinkquest.org/20619/Eivirt.html>.
  10. Find out more about Angel Island, at <http://www.angelisland.org/immigr02.html>.
  11. Riis, Jacob A. How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1890. <http://www.cis.yale.edu/amstud/inforev/riis/title.html.>
  12. Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle. 1906. < http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Literature/Sinclair/TheJungle/>.
  13. Steffens, Lincoln.  The Shame of the Cities. (New York: McClure, Philips & Co., 1904), 1-18. Excerpted at History Matters <http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5732/>.Street, Paul. “Find a Job”: The Recent History and Future of Welfare Reform in Six Midwestern States. Office for Social Policy Research, Northern Illinois University: 1997. <http://www.marthabianco.com/Courses/Cities/welfareasweknowit.pdf>.
  14. Tarbell, Ida. History of the Standard Oil Company. < http://www.history.rochester.edu/fuels/tarbell/MAIN.HTM>.
  15. Lemann, Nicholas. “Ghetto: The Myth of Community Development.” The New York Times. (January 9, 1994): Sec. 6, p. 27. Persistent link http://proxy.lib.pdx.edu:2254/pqdweb?index=1&did=116493242&SrchMode=1&sid=3&Fmt=10&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=HNP&TS=1138395627&clientId=11319
  16. Learn about two of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s two major programs for addressing urban poverty: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), dating back to the Nixon era <http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment>; and the Empowerment and Enterprise Zones (EZ) of the Clinton era <http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/economicdevelopment/programs/rc/index.cfm>
  17. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2003. U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau. (August 2004). <http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/p60-226.pdf>.
  18. Explore U.S. Census data on income at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income.html>.
  19. Explore U.S. Census data on poverty at <http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html>.
  20. Sklar, Holly. "Imagine a Country: Life in the New Millennium." ZMagazine 16.5 (May 1003). <http://zmagsite.zmag.org/May2003/sklar0503.html>.
  21. Burtless, Gary. “Growing American Inequality: Sources and Remedies.” The Brookings Review. 17:1 (Winter 1999): 31-35 <http://www.brookings.edu/dybdocroot/press/review/win99/burtless.pdf>.
  22. Lardner, James. “The Rich Get Richer: What Happens to American Society When the Gap in Wealth and Income Grows.” US News & World Report. (February 21, 2000) 38-43 <http://www.prr.msu.edu/trends2000/economictrends.htm#“The%20Rich%20Get%20Richer:%20What%20Happens%20to%20American%20Society%20When%20the%20Gap%20in%20Wealth%20and%20Income%20Grows%20Larger”>. 
  23. Explore the Inequality.org website, at <http://inequality.org/>.
  24. Calculate your ecological footprint, at <http://www.myfootprint.org/>.
  25. VODs for this module:
    1. "The Feudal Order." The Western Tradition. WGBH Boston. 1999. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Western_Tradition_20.asx>.
    2. "The Industrial Revolution." The Western Tradition. WGBH Boston. 1999.<http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Western_Tradition_41.asx>.
    3. "The Industrial World."  The Western Tradition. WGBH Boston. 1999. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Western_Tradition_42.asx>.
    4. "A New Public." The Western Tradition. WGBH Boston. 1999. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Western_Tradition_45.asx>.
    5. "Fin de Siècle."  The Western Tradition. WGBH Boston. 1999. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Western_Tradition_46.asx>.
    6. "The Rise of Capitalism."  A Biography of America. WGBH Boston. 2000. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Biography_of_America_07.asx>.
    7. "Industrial Supremacy." A Biography of America. WGBH Boston. 2000. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Biography_of_America_14.asx>.
    8. "Capital and Labor." A Biography of America. WGBH Boston. 2000. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Biography_of_America_17.asx>.
    9. "Booms and Busts."  Economics U$A. Educational Film Center. 2002. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Economics_USA_04.asx>.
    10. "Reducing Poverty." Economics U$A. Educational Film Center. 2002. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/economics_USA_updated_24.asx>.
    11. "The Town That's Been Through the Mill." Rural Communities: Legacy and Change. Ohio University and the Rural Clearinghouse at Kansas State University. 1993. <http://www.scctv.net/annenberg/Rural_Communities_07.asx>.

© Martha J. Bianco, Ph.D., 2006-2008