Teaching Capitalism

AHA Session 159
Labor and Working Class History Association 7
Saturday, January 6, 2018: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Empire Ballroom (Omni Shoreham, Lower Level)
Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi
Rosanne Currarino, Queen's University
John Enyeart, Bucknell University
James Livingston, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Julia Ott, The New School
Gavin Wright, Stanford University

Session Abstract

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the history of capitalism has not only reshaped our field, it has been a topic of popular discussion. From New York Times articles to the focus of talk shows, the historians of capitalism are affecting how the public thinks about the past. As the scholarship on capitalism continues to thrive and commands attention in the public sphere, we thought that a conversation about how we are teach capitalism will help us collectively assess the state of the field. Our roundtable proposes to spark that conversation by dealing with key themes and approaches to teaching capitalism. Specifically, we hope to stimulate discussions with our audience about the intellectual and cultural history of capitalism, its connection to slavery, successful assignments, and teaching capitalism as the useable past.
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