Say, Dan, you were wondering about who gets “the squeeze” in the current economic climate. You know, did the working poor from Nickel and Dimed get forced out of their jobs by out of work professionals, or did those recently unemployed get stuck that way? You’re in luck because I just happen to have a […]Read more "WANTED: Bigger Safety Net for Bigger Fish"
Our discussion of the empowering effect of the blues focused mostly on the working class. We even mentioned how we tend to lionize the working class, from where the blues originated, when talking about struggles against injustices. Female blues singers such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were heroic in the way they spoke out […]Read more "Strong, silent and suffering types?"
In “Blues Legacies and Black Feminism,” Angela Davis exposes an issue that has long plagued the feminist movement as a whole. The movement has often struggled within itself because of differing ideals of womanhood and goals of the feminist cause. In the African American women’s community, as in the women’s movement as a whole, class […]Read more "Oil and Water in Feminism"
“When you choose an American Girl doll, you’ll discover a new world of imagination. That’s because each character stars in unique stories of courage, loyalty, compassion, and leadership. Learn how the challenges and joys of growing up in another era still relate to girls in 2010. Explore books and products developed to encourage play and […]Read more "Sara Smolinsky v. Rebecca Rubin"
All Sara Smolinsky wanted was to be a person. For our Russian Jew immigrant protagonist of Bread Givers, it would take much of her formative years to figure out how to do that. She had to become independent of the ways of her family, and the Old World, where “only men were people.”  For […]Read more "A Person is 60 Percent Water, the Rest is Blood and Iron (and Education)"
For those outside the class who are interested in joining the conversation online, this week we are reading: Anzia Yezierska’s 1925 novel, Bread Givers, which tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, a Jewish immigrant girl struggling to make her way in the world. Two articles from The Public Historian. — Ruth J. Abram, “Kitchen Conversations: […]Read more "This week 2/17"
First day of class, race, gender…Read more "First Day!!!"