Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.

~ Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie once said, Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

With that quote in mind, each student will type an essay (100 points) consisting of several paragraphs that examines lessons learned from the film, Norma Rae (1979) and discusses the economic, political and social importance of change agents. Your essay should also incorporate the themes of change and justice.

We viewed the film during class and read about the role of change agents in an excerpted selection from, The Maxwell Manual for Good Citizenship: Public Policy Skills in Action by Professor William D. Coplin the Director of the Public Affairs Program of the Maxwell School in Syracuse University.

The web pages linked below provide additional information about the movie and helpful resources for completing this assignment including a cast list, synopsis, plot summary, memorable quotes, movie review (read and discussed in class) and even a transcript of the movie script...

Norma Rae - Internet Movie database (IMDb)

AFI's 100 Years - 100 Most Inspiring Films of All Times

Norma Rae Script

NY Times - Normae Rae Movie Review

The two documents linked below were distributed and discussed in class prior to viewing Norma Rae. The first or top document is the change agent reading. The second document is the change agent essay assignment and directions....

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Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence,

is the quality that most frequently makes for success.

~ Dale Carnegie