Readings for Tuesday 9/20 and Thursday 9/22

Nice job today–this book is not easy to deal with; there’s a lot going on and a lot of ambiguity. But I think we are on our way to some interesting readings.

Over the weekend, construct a thesis statement about your passage (you are also welcome to use the passage we discussed in class) using the formula we discussed. Your response paper should, in around 2 pages, explicate your argument using details from the passage–you’re also welcome to bring in other details from lecture, etc. Feel free to check in with me by email or in person if you feel lost, need more context, or want to make sure you’re on the right track.

You should mostly be working on the paper, but there are also some short primary readings for Tuesday on the figure of the “forgotten man,” who comes to represent the poor people affected by the depression.

This one is linked:

FDR, “The Forgotten Man,” (Speech from April 1932)

And these you can download:


Letter, Lorena Hickcock to Harry Hopkins, Sept 1933

Charles Walker, “Relief and Revolution, Part 1” (1932)

Charles Walker “Relief and Revolution, Part 2” (1932)

As you read these, think about who the “forgotten man” is–how is he racially and ethnically marked? Who has forgotten him? What is the nation’s responsibility to him? What are the different prescriptions the different writers seem to offer to solve the depression and help the forgotten man?

Then you have a couple of readings for Thursday on women in the depression:

Meridel Le Sueur, “Women on the Breadlines”

Ella Baker and Marvel Cooke, “The Slave Market” (1935)

Norman Cousins, “Will Women Lose Their Jobs?” (1939)

Have a nice weekend.



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