"We hold these truths..."? The American Struggle to Define and Achieve Economic Justice

Spring 2017

FRPG 2079
Instructor: Larry Boyette
Meeting Days/Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
This course fulfills the FYS and HU general education requirements.

Current debates in America over the level of inequality, the impact of globalization, and the costs of higher education can be seen as the latest manifestations of long-standing conflicts over economic policies and principles within a society shaped by often contradictory fundamental values. The United States was created out of devotion to virtue, but also concern for self-interest; in celebration of equality and liberty, but with the assumption of hierarchies of race, class, gender, and sexuality; with devotion to the rights of the individual, but also in quest of a more perfect union; with attention to the link between political and economic independence, but with an economic trajectory that would leave few Americans in individual control of their economic fate. This course will focus on key moments in our history that bring to the surface these divisions in our sense of what is fair and what offers opportunity, and on the struggles over economic justice that continue today.

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