Module 06: "Which Side Are You On?" The Flint Sit-Down Strike, 1936-37
Take the interactive quiz to check your comprehension of key themes and details from the module. The quiz will assist you in your preparation for class discussion, exams, and writing assignments. You can choose to email the results to your instructor.
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Suggested Writing Assignments and Classroom
Imagine that it's the winter of 1936-37 and
that you're an employee in one of GM's Flint
plants. A fellow worker approaches you and
asks you to participate in the sit-down strike
that has just broken out in Fisher One and
Two. Would you join in the strike? Why or why
not? Include specific references to evidence
in the documents to support your position.
Is the sit-down strike a legitimate tactic
to use in a labor dispute? Was the UAW right
to implement a strike at GM's Flint
plants in the winter of 1936-37? Why or why
not? Be sure to include specific references
to documents in this module to support your
Imagine that it's January 1937 and that you're
a member of the editorial board of a major
American newspaper. You have been assigned
to write an editorial on the Flint strike.
What position would you take on the strike,
and what broader significance would you attribute
to it? Incorporate specific references to the
documents in this module into your editorial.
Imagine that you're a participant in the Flint
sit-down strike of 1936-37. Write a song (like
the ones presented in the module) to express
your experience. How was factory work before
the strike? What do you hope to accomplish
by taking part in the sit-in? What obstacles
do you face? What events have you witnessed
or participated in? What is your feeling about
the union? about GM? Who are your heroes, and
what have they accomplished? Who are your
adversaries? You can include answers to these or other questions in your strike song, although don't feel pressured to respond to them all. It might also be easiest to compose new words
to a tune you already know.