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My Note; Dear Jim

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Dear Jim,



    Long time, no see, brother! It’s probably been so long, you won’t realize who this is. But it’s your younger brother Bernard. I currently stay in the South somewhere; sorry, but I can’t even tell you where I am. Life has been a little hard for me to be completely honest. It seems just like yesterday, I was taking everything in life for granted. I realize how good I had it now that everything has been stripped away from me. Ever since all of those banks started closing down and everyone’s money being lost, the once loving and care free world I lived in had become a depressed and gloomy place. I hope it’s the total opposite for you and your family.

    By the way, how is your family? I hadn’t seen them in years. If you’re wondering about mines I should stop you now. My wife left me because of our living conditions and I lost my only son to a dust storm. Out of everything people go through, we are being killed by something we walk on. On another note, I might not see you and your family for a few more years. There is a great job opportunity coming up for even better amounts of money. If you’re having just as many problems as I am, you should come as well. I will be helping build the Hoover Dam really soon. Five thousand jobs will be given out and I really hope I’m one of them. I need some type of help in my life; it’s been hard. But there is another alternative if I don’t make it. I could always join the army. I mean, at least I’ll have a place to rest and lay my head at night. If I can get free shelter, water, food, and everything else I lack on the day to day bases just by signing a sheet of paper, I’ll gladly write my name on the dotted line.

 

I often thought of just traveling all over the world. If I’m going to be a loaner with no job or money, why not see the world at least? But every time I consider the idea, I run across a Hobo and see how they’re treated by others who are more stable than them. They look at them like they’re a disease or a parasite that just won’t go away. I couldn’t deal with the amount of judgment that would be placed on me; my pride just won’t let me. However, what is pride when you have nothing left? I often find myself just sitting in a corner and writing whatever comes to mind. Surprisingly, it has been the only thing that has kept me level headed through all of the tribulations I’ve been through as of late. Every time I think about just letting go and giving up, I pick up a pen and begin to write about a better place. One that is more simpler and less cruel than the one that we share, brother. My only possession in life as of now is my mind; I’d really have nothing if  didn’t use it.

    It seems like writing is the only effective way for me to express myself. It doesn’t seem that way for my peers though. It so much violence now, I don’t believe anyone is safe. The ironic thing is, nobody is safe from each other. I’ve seen the unimaginable in these last couple of years. People are fighting over some of the smallest things. Kind of reminds me of us growing up. Remember when we would be asked what we wanted to be when we grew up? You’d always say a doctor, and I’d always say a police man. We were so young and determined to be what we had set out to be that we never took the time out to think what if we didn’t become what we wanted to. I have to be honest Jim; I never thought in a million years that I would be in the position that I am currently in today. As I look around, all I see is the same ending for me; failure. I see a miserable life that I’d trade in for a bit of happiness any day of the week. I just wonder what went so wrong or what did I do so bad to cause this mayhem or to deserve it. That’s also the problem Jim; I’m never lost for words, but I need all the help in the world for answers. I hope I’ll make the cut for the workers to build the dam. After my work, I’ll reach out to you again hopefully on a better note than this. I hope all is well in your world, brother.

            
            
            Sincerely,
                            Bernard Hitchinson

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PD3 Upton Sinclair, the California EPIC Movement - 1934

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Upton Sinclair was known for his over the top and brutally honest book "The Jungle". But he also was involved in the 1934 election for Governor of California. He wrote a speech addressing all of the topics that he felt should be touched. He proposed that jobless men should go to ranches to work, while other bashed him and his camp. He only wanted to clean up America. But at the time, I think America didn't want to put all their trust in one person. Trust was all they really had left.

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PD1; A Tale of Life

PD1; A Tale of Life | Literature in The 1930s | Scoop.it
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Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, was a story about life back in the 1930s from a worker's point of view. A worker that had nothing; no place to stay, no clothes, and nothing to eat sometimes even. Two men (George and Lennie) were on the road from town to town looking for work just to get by. With Lennie's mental condition, it only made their journey rougher. Being the new people in town was often a red flag with their background. But like always, they find a way through it. The ending is a good example of the extreme measures that were taken just to survive.

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MW1 Mo Yan Biography

Mo Yan Biography:
Mo Yan (è?«è¨?; Pinyin: MÃ⊃2; Yán) (born 1956) is a modern Chinese author, known in the West for two of his novels which were the basi...
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The biogrphy of 2012 Nobel Prize winner, Mo Yan.

 

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HW2 Library of Southern Literature: Black Literature

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This website expands on literature but from a different point of view. This site focuses on African American literature during the 1900s. Slaves wrote plays that depicted life in their parts of the world. As you read, you will see the creativity within the people held captive.

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Vocab List

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1. Socioeconomic- Relating to or concerned with the interaction of social and economic factors.

In the 1930s, there were many problems including peoples' socioeconomic statuses.

2. Conjure- Make (something) appear unexpectedly or seemingly from nowhere as if by magic.

There was a play written by a slave called The Conjure Women; meaning a lady that kept reappearing in a mans' mind.

3. Tribulations- A cause of great trouble or suffering.

Many people back in those days went through tribulations that would break America down as a whole.

4. Realism- The tendency to view or represent things as they really are.

People often imagine what life should be like instead of accepting the realism of the world.

5. Communism- a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

People believed that communism would help America, but many others were against it.

6. Socialist- A person who advocates or practices socialism.

If one believes in collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, the are a socialist.

7. Vernacular- Is the native language or native dialect of a specific population.

Vernacular literature took over what was considered as standard writing.

8. Liberation- The act of liberating or the state of being liberated.

People found themselves fighting for equality of their social statuses; hence the People's Liberation Army.

9.Culture- The quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc.

People tend to base their decisions on culture and not even realize it.

10. Literature- Written works, esp. those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.

Literature is one of the best ways to express one's feelings effctively.

 

 

 



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PD2 Rare 1930s Audio: W.B. Yeats Reads Four of His Poems

PD2 Rare 1930s Audio: W.B. Yeats Reads Four of His Poems | Literature in The 1930s | Scoop.it
The great Irish poet William Butler Yeats was born on this day in 1865.
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William Butler, an Irish poet recorded himself reading some of his poems in 1032. The following was actually a radio broadcast. Radio had became popular in the 1930s so what better way to get ones artwork out than broadcasting it to millions of people across the world? His poems were loved, I believe, because they hit home to the reader. Everyone had the same problems at those times, so when he expressed his self, he expressed a nation. The power of literature is a great one; and there is no greater example than poetry.

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World Literature Today

World Literature Today | Literature in The 1930s | Scoop.it
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Shows the progress of literature from the early 1900s, to the art of today.

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HW3 Exploring Chinese History :: Culture :: Chinese Literature :: Modern Literature

Modern Chinese literature.
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I couldn't just focus on one race during this time of history. Everyone at the time was going through hardships and felt the need to express themselves. Culture and creativity jumped out of their writing and molded their people into a race that listened to one another because they spoke for one another. This is the creativity of the Chinese.

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HW1; UCLA Extension : American Literature of the 1930s

HW1; UCLA Extension : American Literature of the 1930s | Literature in The 1930s | Scoop.it
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This gives the basics of literature in the 1930s & explains what happens during the Great Depression. It also mentions the authors of those days & the importance of the art. This article is the overall history.

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