Paired Texts > Fear of Change
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
In "I am the people, the mob," Carl Sandburg showcases the power of collective protest to incite change.Henry Ford believed that mass production and consumerism was essential for peace and prosperity. His company, Ford Motor Company, revolutionized the American auto industry and created jobs for thousands, yet Henry Ford was adamantly against labor unions. Pair "Fear of Change" with Carl Sandburg's 1916 poem "I am the people, the mob" to spark a discussion about this point in American history.
"Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson" describes the origin of the term "Luddite" and meditates on what we might learn from the stories of those who have historically opposed the implementation of new technologies.Pair “Opposing Innovation: The Luddite Lesson” with “Fear of Change” and have students discuss the effect of advances in technology and industry on society. How does Ford's perspective on societal change compare with our understanding of the Luddites?