“Fire in the Hole” is a two-hour public television documentary about labor conflicts in the Western U.S. mining industry in the late 19th and early 20th century. The links to both episodes are below:
Hour 1: http://video.kued.org/video/2365628176/
Hour 2: http://video.kued.org/video/2365628193/
Watch BOTH hours.
Write a 1200-1500 word reaction to the film, providing salient, informed, and thoughtful commentary. Focus on a few of the relationships between such interest groups as follows:
State and local governmentsThe U.S. national governmentUnions (particularly the Western Federation of Miners, United Mine Workers, and the International Workers of the World)Union activistsUnionized workersNon-unionized workersMine owners their firmsNon-mining firmsImmigrant workers
(Again, pick only a few of the above)
Your comment should appreciate historical nuances of turn-of-the-century industrial relations in the West. As such, it should attempt to be a positive analysis, setting aside your normative views, priors, and pre-analytical vision1.
Proofread your essay for flow, grammar, spelling, argument, and general coherence. Make the necessary improvements. Expunge all direct quotes. You should paraphrase sources instead.
1 Please see any introductory economics textbook for definitions of positive vs. normative analysis.
Avoid semicolons, contractions, run-on sentences, first-person, and passive voice.
Type your name in the top left-hand corner of the first page of your submission. Under this, indicate your word count. Include neither a cover page nor a title for your essay. On a separate last page, include a bibliography citing all sources. Do not include your bibliography toward your word count.
Print out your essay, double-spaced with 12 point font and one inch margins. Use a single staple in the upper left-hand corner to attach your pages together2. Turn this in at the start of class on the due date.
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