At the start of the 19th century, American republican ideals rested on a firm foundation of individual property rights and the freedom of independent producers (farmers and artisans). But slavery, civil war and the transformations taking place in the workplace—much of it due to rapid industrialization—fundamentally changed our understanding of American republicanism. The rapid transformations and reinterpretations of republicanism were often fought out in the workplace and political arena.
You job is to explain:
1. Why the early 19th century artisan/farmer republican ideals were increasingly out of step with the realities of the mid-to-late 19th century industrial workplace; and
2. How the tensions between worker republicanism (or what we have referred to as “labor republicanism”) and employer republicanism were expressed over time and at least temporarily settled by the end of the 19th century.
Your answer should be approximately 4-6 pages, double-spaced in 12-point type with 1-inch margins. You should answer the prompt with a good introduction and conclusion that is based on the assigned readings. (Note: Although the above prompt has two parts, I only want one essay that has one intro and one conclusion.)
You do not need to use any outside sources to answer the question. Just use the readings (see Sakai Folders Weeks 2-5), discussion questions, documentaries and your notes.