Making Sense of Marx (It's all about Labor!)

The Game Plan

Today we are going to spend some time discussing one of the core texts that influenced the individuals that represent the Labor faction or who were supportive of labor issues in Greenwich Village. Today we are going to work together to unpack the key concepts and ideas from Karl Marx's "Bourgeois and the Proletarian" from the Communist Manifesto(1848)

  • First, before we dive into the text, some basics.
    • While this video presents a sociological approach and focuses on Great Britain, it does a thorough job of explaining Marxism and the development of a theory called Communism. It is important to note that this shift occurred in the United States and is often referred to as the Second Industrial Revolution that dramatically changed people's lives.(For more info:See Chapter 16 in Give Me Liberty America's Gilded Age AND your notes on Dr. Martin's lecture over the Gilded Age.)
  • Let's discuss the key concepts from the video.

Reminders and announcements:

  • For Thursday's class, finish reading your groups assigned section of the Communist Manifesto. The reading is in the Reacting to the Past text pages 153-161.
    • And now, take some to examine Marx's words. << THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE MARX READING ARE ON THIS LINK!
    • (Don't be intimidated, this is tough stuff! We are going to work through this together!)
    • Be prepared to discuss your group's section next class. When we begin the game, it is important for you to be familiar with Labor's views and if you are not in the Labor faction- you will need to know the views and beliefs of your opponents. Just sayin'.
  • Remember,Writing Project 1,your Rhetorical Analysis is due on Thursday, Sept. 28th at the beginning of Composition.
    • MLA citations giving you a headache? Use the handy MLA Guide Professor Bray created for you to help you out. Triad M MLA Citation Guide
    • If Writing Project 1 ITSELF is giving you a headache, please come and see Professor Bray and I during office hours! We are here to help!
  • RTTP factions formations have been postponed! Your learning community professors would like for you to have more time to research your character and learn more about the Progressive Era and Greenwich Village, before you form factions. The new date for Faction Formation will be Thursday, October 5th.
    • Based on the character you have been assigned, start gaining some familiarity with the various factions and what influenced their beliefs. For the Suffrage faction, please read pages 16-28, Labor faction pages 31-46 and Bohemia 51-64 of the Reacting to the Past: Greenwich Village text.
  • Supplemental Instruction Sessions Fall 2017
  • SI Leader: Jeffrey Schaffer


  • Mondays: 1:00-1:50pm Island Hall 164
  • Tuesdays: 3:00-3:50pm O'Conner 133
  • Wednesdays 2:00-2:50 Center for Science 115

In addition to these sessions Jeffrey will have Office Hours in the CASA building either in room 107 or 108.

  • Mondays 2:00-3:50pm
  • Wednesdays 3:00-4:50pm
  • Fridays 12:00-1:50pm