Essay question: To what extent did the American political ideals of liberty, democracy, and independence shape the development of the labor movement in the nineteenth century?
Drawing on material from the lectures and readings, write a paper of roughly 1500 words (or 4-6 double-spaced pages) in response to the above essay prompt. Your essay should make clear how workers connected American political ideals to economic struggles over the workplace. Use clear and precise language and provide ample evidence to support your claims. Also make sure to cite your sources.