Project #68807 - History

“Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection, 1940-1941”: The link below connects you to 12 different interviews with California farm workers, some of them Dust Bowl migrants and others of them Mexican American natives of California.  These are audio interviews, so you can stream and listen to them, or download the WAV file.

http://www.loc.gov/collections/todd-and-sonkin-migrant-workers-from-1940-to-1941/?fa=subject%3Ainterviews

or

“American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1940”: Subject “Depression Victims’ Stories”: This page lists 24 different interviews with people that the WPA writers considered Depression victims.  These are texts, not audio files - click on the title to find out more information, and then click on the link for the PDF under the picture of the document on the left to get to the text of the interview.

http://www.loc.gov/collections/federal-writers-project/?fa=subject%3Adepression+victims%27+stories

Your task for this essay is going to be a straightforward document analysis, like you did for the midterm and like we do in class.  You will want to:

  • Introduce your reader to the person that is being interviewed and the story that they tell.  Assume that your reader has not read the interview that you read, so you will need to tell them about the parts of the interview that you think are interesting and important and that you will discuss more fully.
  • Consider the context in which the interview is taking place, and explain how the context might have affected what was said in the interview and what was left out.  This part is a good place to include a brief explanation of what the Federal Writer’s Project was and how it worked.
    • Who is the person talking to?  When and where?  Does it seem like they know they are supposed to be telling a “hard-luck” story?  
    • How might race and class differences between the interviewer and the person being interviewed affect what they said or how it was written down?  What is your evidence for these ideas?
  • Connect the story that your interview tells to what’s going on during the Depression.  This section should include information from the textbook, lecture, or additional research in books, library databases, or the Library of Congress website.
    • How is their story typical to the experiences of other Americans?  How is it different?  
    • Are they participating in government programs to help them during the Depression, or not?  Are there programs out there that they would have qualified for, or are they left out?  Why?
    • This might be a good place to pay attention to the when of the interview context: what events were happening around the same time as your interview?  What policies have gone into effect, etc.?





      THE ESSAY 3 PAGES 

      DO NOT FORGET THE THESIS STATMENT AND EXAMPLES 

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Due By (Pacific Time) 04/29/2015 08:05 pm
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