Thursday, October 21, 2010

Today in Class-- October 21, 2010

In class today, we began with the following key terms:
  • Hawley-Smoot Tarrif
  • Hoovervilles
  • New Deal
  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
  • Wagner Act or National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Works Progress Administration
  • Social Security
You should be able to identify all these terms.

In class, we watched the following videos for context

New Deal Programs in Appalachia: CCC, WPA, and TVA

The 9:00 and 10:30 classes compared the TVA the Obama Health Reform Act to the New Deal's TVA within the context of changing the role of government in the marketplace.

The 2:00 class wrote on the debate around Mountaintop removal by coal mining companies in the Appalacians.

For the conservative position on government and the market see Milton Friedman's lesson of the pencil below

To compare U.S. and French attitudes toward labor rights, see French Protests against efforts to raise the retirement age in France below:

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