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This is the main wiki for the "Machine Politics" Class, Dr. Reynolds's ENGL 1102 Course for the Fall 2008 Semester.



Map to Engineer's Bookstore  748 Marietta Street, NW, Atlanta, GA, 30308




A recent book about the Black Codes/Vagrancy Laws and the Convict Lease System in the South


William Blake. "America: A Prophecy" (1793)


Gender and social Reproduction: An article about the global food crisis and its impact on women worldwide.



Web Page for more info on John Henry.


Thomas Hardy's poem "The Convergence of the Twain," an example of bathos.


"To an ever greater degree the work of art reproduced becomes the work of art designed for reproducibility. From a photographic negative, for example, one can make any number of prints; to ask for the 'authentic' print makes no sense. But the instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice-- politics."

From Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"


"Lodged in the innermost heart of America is a fatal division of being, a war of impulses. America knows that a split is in her, and that that split might cause her death; but she is powerless to pull the dangling ends together. An uneasiness haunts her conscience, taints her moral preachments, lending an air of unreality to her actions, and rendering ineffectual the good deeds she feels compelled to do in the world. America is a nation of riven consciousness."

From Richard Wright, Introduction to Black Metrolpolis



"After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and the Roman, the Teuton and the Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with a second-sight in this American world,-- a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. One ever feels his twoness,-- an American, a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body, whose dogged strength alone keeps it from being torn assunder."

from W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk (Atlanta, 1903)




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Two poems by Langston Hughes



Various aides to guide you through the semester



A link to the ArchivesProject.pdf, along with with StudentProjectAids.pdf.

Two examples of archives work that you can view.


And a link to the blog that I am keeping for this class.


Guidelines for the unit papers: GuidelinesForEssays.doc


Have a listen to one of the more famous compositions by Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag,


The Entertainer


Article from abcnews.com on nanotechnology and "moral concerns."


A provoking blog thread/discussion on the possibilities of an emerging "Digital Working Class."



Online readings for the semester:

Unit I.

Robert McMath and James L. Brittain: "Engineers and the New South Creed."


Richard Wright: "Introduction to Black Metropolis."



Richard Ohmann, Literacy, Technology, and Monopoly Capital.


Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of mechanical Reproduction."


Unit II.

Robert McMath: "History by a Graveyard."


Herman Melville: "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street"


David Stowell, Chapter 1 From Streets, Railroads, and the Great Strike of 1877, "The Industrial Revolution Incarnate."


Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner. "Technophobia"


Cindi Katz,  "Social Reproduction" (most important pages are 710-714).


Unit III. 

W.E.B. Du Bois, Forethought and Chapter 1 from the Souls of Black Folk.


Adam Banks, Prologue from Race, Rhetoric, and Technology.





Links to Important Events and the Movies We'll See for the semester



Terminator 2: Judgment Day

"Of course we could not count the dead, because hey did not exist as individuals, but merely as homogeneous protoplasm, with alloys of iron and buttons." Mark Twian, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889. (page 258)

 Sceenings for T2: Monday, September 15, and Thursday September 18, 7-9:30pm, Skiles 371





 Blade Runner

"Fiery the Angels Fell/ Deep thunder rolled around their shores/ Burning with the fires of Orc." Roy quoting a line from William Blake's America: A Prophecy

 Screenings: Monday, October 6,  7-9; Tuesday, October 7, 5-7. Both in Skiles 368.




Images from National Railroad Strike of 1877

(first national strike in U.S. history).



Photograph from Pittsburgh aftermath.



"Blockade of Engines at Martinsburgh, WV" from Harper's Weekly, August 11, 1877.






"View of Machine Shop" Coutesy U of Pittsbugh Archives.           "Ruins of Passenger Cars" Courtesy of U of Pittsbugh Archives.


Images of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century work


Youtube video of child cotton mill workers (photographs taken by Lewis W. Hine, music by Bluegrass artist Dorsey Dixon).



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Women factory workers and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Disaster of 1911.


Link to Cornell University's Online Archives Project about the Triangle  Factory Fire

(Note-- this is a good, albeit long, example of something similar to what you all are doing for your group projects!)
















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