What a difference a decade makes. In the 1920s, the possibilities for unions and working-class political activism seemed to be at an all-time low. However, by the mid-to-late 1930s, labor unions were in a much stronger position to grow their power and numbers. What were the major developments and changes that created the conditions for labor unions and worker power to grow in the 1930s and beyond? In this essay, you should have an argument that tries to answer this question. Your paper should take the reader from the 1920s to the mid-to-late 1930s while elaborating on the changes and shifts that you believe made – by the mid-to-late 1930s – the strong growth of the US labor movement and worker power more possible and real.

  • 4 to 5-page, double-spaced paper in 12-point font
    • 1) make a clear argument that responds to the question.
    • 2) display your understanding of the history and issues that the paper questions relates to
  • must include citations of readings and lectures (you can use footnotes, endnotes, or parenthesis – whatever you prefer).