The point of the course is to examine and analyze the images and understandings of work, workers, unions, and law as portrayed in American film. To that end, we'll be viewing a film almost every week, including such classics as Bread & Roses, Norma Rae, Harlan County U.S.A., American Dream, Salt of the Earth, On the Waterfront, Roger & Me, and Matewan, and then discussing the film afterward. Each week, one or two students will take charge of introducing the film (on the basis of research into, e.g., the making of the film, the historical context, etc.) and leading the post-film discussion. Grades will be based on class participation and a paper.