Why do you feel that the South became so distinct from other areas of the United States during the nineteenth-century, and how did its distinctness impact working life across the country?

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M3. The South and Modern Corporations

Please respond to the following questions:

Why do you feel that the South became so distinct from other areas of the United States during the nineteenth-century, and how did its distinctness impact working life across the country?

What do you believe were the most important aspects of the emergence of the modern corporation in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries?

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Image at right: A considerably idealized view of slave life in the American South, appearing on a printed label for cigars “expressly manufactured for Georgia and Alabama.” The New York firm Salomon Brothers may have sought to appeal to Southern consumers and sympathizers in the tense period immediately preceding the Civil War. The illustration shows a tobacco plantation with manor house and a field in which black slaves harvest tobacco. In the foreground is a well-dressed black couple out for a stroll. lithograph, c1859. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington

Module 3 which takes us from the late 19th century through the Great Depression. This is a period of tremendous change and development in the U.S. workplace. Modern corporations began to drive much of the structure for the nation’s society and economy as they drew more and more workers to urban centers, and employed them in an increasingly routinized industrial setting. Note that the U.S. had an open immigration policy until 1924, so much of the nation’s new working class in this period came from abroad – – especially from Eastern and Southern Europe. Continue to keep an eye on how developments differed by region in the United States.

You will read chapters 7 to 11 pages 102-188 in Labor in America A History by Dubofsky / Dulles text 8th Edition, as well as pages 67 to 146 of the The Voice of the People by Rees / Pollack document collection. Note that you have a real treat this module – -we are viewing the PBS American Experience video on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Note that this video should be very helpful to you as you gather evidence for this module’s essay, which asks you to offer an interpretation of the Labor Question in early 20th century America. (If you can’t get the video to load, try using a browser other than internet explorer.)

Topic Overview

In this module we will discuss the uniqueness of the South. We will also discuss how modern workplaces – principally corporations – developed in the late nineteenth-century and on into the twentieth-century.

Module Objectives

This module will discuss the following themes:

The emergence of the modern corporation;

The rise of management theory;

Work organization and automation;

The role of women in modern industry;

The ongoing significance of race, and

The southern states in contrast to the north.


Dubofsky and Dulles, chapters 7 to 11.

Rees and Pollack, pages 67 to 146.

Video: PBS American Experience video on Triangle Shirtwaist Fire (53 min.)

Learning Activities

You will be asked to write a 4-6 page paper which discusses “the Labor Question” and what it meant for workers, employers and turn of the century America.


You will be asked to discuss how the South in relation to other areas of the United States. You will also be asked to discuss the emergence of modern corporations, how they were organized, and who

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