Poverty and Literature

2016 Urban Studies Projects

 

EU71


 

Spragins


 

Spring 2019

3rd Period Even Days; Drop Down Day 1


 

 

 

 

Second Semester Topics:

 


David Hilfiker, MD, Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen (2004)



 


Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1892) by Stephen Crane

 


The Promised Land (1991) by Nicholas Lemann, Clarksdale and Chicago

 

 

 

 


Richard Wright (1908-1960)

Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)

 

 

 

 

The Promised Land (1991) Nicholas Lemann, Washington

 


Tally’s Corner (1966) by Elliott Lebow

Jitney (1977) by August Wilson

 

 

 

Lynn Nottage, Sweat (2017)

 

 

 

Month

Day

Cycle


Assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

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21

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Mon

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

 

1

22

5

Tues.

 

1 23 6 Wed.

 

 

 


Cory Booker, Senator from New Jersey
and former mayor of Newark


Paul Ryan, United States Representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 1999 and  now the Speaker of the House. He was the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2012 election


Ben Carson,  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

 

Preliminary Poll 

Happy New Year:

Debating the War on Poverty Fifty Years Later: 

The Trump Administration's Position:

Homework:

 

1         

24

7

Thurs.



 

1       

25

8

Fri.


 

 

 


 

Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD  

Introduction:

Chapter One, "Building the Ghetto: A History" (Study Guide) (GoogleDocs Guide Chapter One) (Hilfiker Outline) (Blank Guide for your note taking)

Discussion: The Causes of Poverty:

  • Macro vs. Micro Effects;
  • Intended vs. Unintended; 
  • Government Action vs. Private Action
  • (Study Guide Answers)

Homework:

 

1     

28

9

Mon

 

 

1

29

10

Tues


 

 

 


The Problem We All Live With, Norman Rockwell (illustration for Look 1964)


Redlining in Baltimore

Liz Bowie and Michael Dresser, Maryland state and local governments urged to increase school funding by $2.6 billion The Baltimore Sun 12-8-16

 

Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, MD

Hilfiker Essay due on Thursday, February 1st at 3:30 pm

Homework:

For further reading:
1 30 1 Wed.






Cliffdwellers  (1913) George Bellows (high resolution)


Jacob Riis, Mulberry Street


Jacob Riis, Bandit's Roost

Hilfiker Essay due at 3:30 pm

Realism vs. Naturalism

New York City 1888:


Stephen Crane:Homework:
For further reading:

 

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31

2

Thurs

 








Little Mother (1890) Jacob Riis


Typical Toughs (1890) Jacob Riis
How the Other Half Lives (1890)


Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (part oneStudy Guide
(Lecture One)

Essay on Maggie due Monday 2/13 at 3:30 p.m. (Quiz)
  • Setting: Describe the situation of children who grow up in the Rum Alley ghetto.
  • Plot: What can you predict will happen to the heroine in a melodrama?
  • Pay close attention to Crane's style: what is his perspective on his characters?
  • Can you pinpoint a moment in Jimmie’s development when he could have altered the final shape of his character?
  • Can you pinpoint a moment in Maggie's development into adulthood when she could have altered the final shape of her character? (Look carefully at the moment when Maggie realizes the future which awaits her in the factory.)
Overview:
  • What are we to make of Crane’s brutal ridicule of the poor? Is his stereotyping justifiable? What does he find most contemptible about Jimmie, Pete and Maggie? 
  • Could he be as savage in his depiction of the impoverished today? (Imagine Jimmy as a black man or as an Hispanic?)

Homework:

For further reading:

Bowery Boy Movies:

42 Kids (1907) George Bellows

Stag at Sharkey's (1909) George Bellows

 

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1

3

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Mon.






Henri, Robert
Salome 1909
Mead Art Museum


Jacob Riis, Mulberry Street

Essay on Maggie due Monday 2/13 at 3:30 p.m

Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (part two) (Quiz 2) Study Guide  (Lecture)

  • What is the primary obstacle to Maggie achieving the insight necessary to understand her situation? What makes her unable to accomplish this goal? Do you hold her responsible?
  • What could Maggie have learned from Nellie? Would that have saved her?
  • What has Maggie realized at the moment that she is dumped by Pete? What options does Maggie have at this point? 
  • Could Maggie have done anything to interrupt this slide down the slippery slope?

Homework:

Criticism on Maggie:

For further study: Silent Film Melodramas

 

2         

5

5

Tues.








 

2         

6

6

Wed.

Parent Conference Day

 

2         

7

7

Thurs.


 

2         

8

8

Fri.

 

 

 


Jacob Riis, 5 Cents a Spot  (1890)


National Child Labor Committee (1905) Lewis Hines

 

 

Essay on Maggie due Monday 2/13 at 3:30 p.m

Photography and Ideology:

Lange, Breadline (1936)Lange,  Migrant Mother Photos
 from Farm Security Administration  Photos (1936-38) (LOC)

 

2 11 9

 

2         

12

10

Tues.



Time Magazine Aug. 29, 1977


Time Magazine Aug. 29, 1977

Essay on Maggie due Monday 2/13 at 3:30 p.m

The Underclass Debate:

  • "The Underclass"- a group beyond the help of government
  • Term emerges in 1977-82 era
  • Time: drugs, crime, teen pregnancy, unemployed, socially alienated, school dropouts, welfare moms, urban decay, black hole of welfare spending.
  • Ken Auletta in 1977 Time Magazine article entitled "The American Underclass" suggested that a whole class of people were emerging in the inner city who might be beyond the reach of any form of help: the passive poor, hostile street criminals, hustlersdrunks/addicts/homeless. 
Introduction to The Promised Land (1991) by Nicholas Lemann

Character Projects on The Promised Land:
  • Ruby Daniels
  • Uless Carter
  • Lillian Henry

Homework:

2 13 1 Wed.

 

2         

14

2

Thurs.



McCormick-Deering Cotton Picker (1932)




Jacob Lawrence, "The Great Migration: A Story in Paintings (1940-41)


Routes of the Great Migration
Demographics:
Lemann, The Promised Land Clarksdale (pp 3-31) (Study Guide(Googledoc Guide) (Answers)

General Questions:

  • What influence has the environment of the segregated South had upon the people who moved from Clarksdale to Chicago?
  • Does Lemann believe that ‘a culture of poverty’ existed in the South?
  • What role does the family structure have on the transmission of poverty from generation to generation?
  • What impact did the move from the agricultural South to the urban North have on the migrants?
  • Would Lemann recommend government intervention to address the problems of poverty which emerged in the cities? If so, how?
Character Projects on The Promised Land:
Analyze why Lemann chose these people to represent the millions of African-Americans who moved north during the Great Migration:
  • Ruby Daniels
  • Uless Carter
  • Lillian Henry

Homework:

The Blues Go North

 

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15

0

Fri.

Professional Day

2 18 0 Mon. Presidents Day
2 19 3 Tues.
2 20 4 Wed.

 

 



 

Lemann, The Promised Land Clarksdale (pp, 32-58) (Study Guide(Googledoc Guide) (Answers)

Discussion of Zora Neale Hurston, "Spunk"; "Sweat" (1926) (notes)

Character Projects on The Promised Land:
Analyze why Lemann chose these people to represent the millions of African-Americans who moved north during the Great Migration:
  • Ruby Daniels
  • Uless Carter
  • Lillian Henry

Homework:









 

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21

5

Thurs.

 








 

2       

22

6

Fri.


 

 


Apartment Building in Chicago's
"Black Belt" (LOC)



The Chicago Black Belt 1920-1941

 


The Robert Taylor Homes

 

Lemann, The Promised Land  Chicago (59-107) (GoogleDoc Guide) (Study Guide) (Answers)

Key Questions:


  • How does his selection of anecdotes about the folk from Clarksdale who moved to Chicago support his thesis?

  • According to Lemann, how did the public housing debacle in Chicago develop?

  • What would Hilfiker think? How about Crane?
  • Chicago's Demographic Divide: see The Racial Dot Map from 2010 Census

Character Selections in The Promised Land:
Analyze why Lemann chose these people to represent the millions of African-Americans who moved north during the Great Migration:

  • Ruby Daniels
  • George Hicks
  • Lillian Henry

An alternative vision: The characters chosen by Isabel Wilerson for her history of the Great Migration: The Warmth of Other Suns (2010). It includes the biographies of three persons: 

  • a sharecropper's wife who left Mississippi in the 1930s for Chicago, named Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, who turns out to be the mother of the author.
  • an agricultural worker and union organizer, George Swanson Starling, who left Florida for New York City in the 1940s
  • Robert Joseph Pershing Foster, a doctor who left Louisiana in the early 1950s, moving to Los Angeles.

Homework:

For further reading:






 

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Tues.






Richard Wright (1908-1960)


Canada Lee as Bigger Thomas


Backgrounds to Richard Wright
Homework:






 

2

27

9

Wed.

 






2

28

10

Thurs.

 

 


The Skywriter


The Night Ride

 

James Baldwin, "Everybody's Protest Novel" from Notes of a Native Son (1948)

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book One: "Fear" (Study Guide) (Discussion)

  • Saturday Morning in the Thomas’ Apartment (3-12) 
    • The Kitchenette Apartment
    • The Rat
    • The Situation of the Thomas Family
  • On the Street  (12-22)
    • Symbol: The Poster and the Skywriter
    • The feeling in Bigger's Gut
    • Bigger and Gus Playing Generals
  • The Pool Hall (22- 29)
    • Blum's Delicatessen
    • The Vicious Cycle of Bigger's Thinking
  • At The Movies (29-34)
    • The Surreal Newsreel
    • Fantasizing about Jan and Mary
  • Terrorizing Gus (34-41)
    • Why does Bigger attack Gus?
    • What is the relationship between racism and Black on black violence"
    • Can Bigger process what he has done?
  • The Interview (42-51)
    • The Gun
    • What does Bigger think off this job opportunity?
    • What role does Bigger play during the interview?
  • Mary, Peggy and the Blind Woman  (51-62)
    • How does Bigger respond to meeting Mary?
    • What makes encounters with Mrs. Dalton so eerie?
  • The Night Ride with Mary and Jan  (62-80)
    • What is so wrong about the way Mary and Jan treat Bigger?
    • Why is Bigger humiliated at Ernie's Chicken Shack?
    • How demeaning is it for Bigger to 'chauffeur' Mary and an around the Park?
  • Bigger and Mary Stumble Towards Bed  (80-87)
    • What conflicting feelings possess Bigger as he helps Mary to bed?
    • Could Bigger have done anything differently?
  • The Furnace (87-93)
    • Note the ways that Wright imbues this scene with horror.

Homework:

 

3         

1

1

Fri.








READING DAY



 

3

4

2

Mon.

 

 

 

 


Ato Essandoh, as Bigger Thomas, and Felicia V. Loud, as Bessie, star in "Native Son" at Intiman Theatre.



 

Essay Assignment on Native Son

Wright, Native Son, Book One: "Fear"  (Study Guide) (GoogleDocs Guide Book One)

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (Study Guide Book Two) (Discussion)

New Consciousness (97-116)
Improvisation (116-129)
Bessie (129-149)
Interrogation (149-172)

The Ransom Plan (172-184)
Discovery (184-220)
Flight  (220-241)
The Manhunt (241-270)

Homework:

 

 

3

5

3

Tues.

 

 

3

6

4

Wed.

 






New Report from the Equality of Opportunity Project headed by Raj Chetty of the Stanford Center for Poverty and Equality:

Wright, Native Son, Book 2, "Flight" (Study Guide 2) (discussion)

  • New Consciousness (97-116) 
    • First Reaction vs. the New Bigger
    • Seeing His Family, His Friends and
      His People with New Eyes
    • New Political Consciousness
  • Improvisation (116-129)
    • Arrival at the Daltons
    • Manipulating Mrs. Dalton 
  • Bessie (129-149)
    • Making Love with Bessie
    • The Ransom Plan Conceived
    • Bessie's Choice
  • Interrogation (149-172)
    • Manipulating Britton
    • The Dream Sequence
    • Confronting Jan
  • The Ransom Plan (172-184)
    • Southside Real Estate
    • The Ransom Note
    • Bessie's Blues (180) (239-40)
    • The Drop Point
  • Discovery (184-220)
    • The Plan Unravels
    • The White Cat and the Self Feeding Furnace
  • Flight  (220-241)
    • The Rape/Murder
  • The Manhunt (241-270)
Homework:
For further reading:
3 7 5 Thurs.

 

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8

6

Fri.


 

 

 





Max and Bigger Intiman Theatre
Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)
Sartre's Existentialism (Video)

  • Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
    • Return to Consciousness
    • The Mob: The Jungle Beast
    • Rev. Hammonds: "A po' sinner boy'
    • Jan: Excuses Bigger for the Crime
    • Max: The World Made You This Way
    • The Daltons: You Rejected Our Aid
    • Mrs.Thomas: Promise You Will Pray
    • Prosecutor Buckley: Implicate the Communists
  • The Inquest (310-340)
    • Inquest: Grand Jury Determines if a Crime has been Committed
    • Coroner's Purpose: Inflame the Mob
    • Jan Interrogated: A Pimp for your Girlfriend?
    • Mrs. Dalton's Earring
    • Mr. Dalton's Inflated Rent
    • Bessie's Corpse
    • Return to the Scene of the Crime
    • The Burning Cross
    • The Madman in Bigger's Cell
  • Interview with Max (341- 363)
    • Articulating Feelings
    • A Reason to Live
  • The Trial (363- 418)
    • Max’s Case for Mercy
    • The Motive
  • Max’s Speech (382-415)  
    • Preoration
    • Thesis
    • American History
    • The Situation of Blacks in 1940
    • Reflex, not Action
    • Was Mary Murdered?
    • Was Bessie Murdered?
    • Conclusion     
  • Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

 

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11

7

Mon.








 

3

12

8

Tues.


 

 


Atto Essandoah as Bigger Thomas Intiman Theatre, Seattle (2006)

 

Wright, Native Son, Book 3, "Fate" (Study Guide) (discussion)

Bigger’s Cell (271- 310)
The Inquest (310-340)
Interview with Max (341- 363)
The Trial (363- 418)
Max’s Speech (382-415)       
Bigger Achieves Consciousness (418)

Homework:

 

3

13

9

Wed.

 

 

 

3

14

10

Thurs.

 

 

 


MLK


RFK

 

Essay Assignment on Native Son, due 3:30 p.m.

The War on Poverty at 50:

LBJ's War on Poverty

Review: Hilfiker on The War on Poverty

1960s Poverty Awareness (11)
Civil Rights Movement (11)
Vietnam (11)
Black Power Movement (11)
Riots (12)
Moynihan Report (12)
AFDC (12)
Great Society Funding Levels (12)
Failure of the Great Society (12)

Homework: 

 

3

15

1

Fri.


 

 


LBJ


Malcolm X

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Helpful Chronological Framework

Class Discussion: What does it take to fight a “War on Poverty”? (just like a “War on Drugs” or a “War on Terrorism”)

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline (answers)

Homework:

For further study:
3 16 0 Sat. SPRING BREAK






3 25 0 Mon. SPRING BREAK

 

3

26

2

Tues.


 

 

 


Daniel Patrick Moynihan  (1927-2003)


Richard Nixon (1913-94)

 .

War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline  (answers)

Homework:


For further study:
3 27 3 Wed.

 

3

28

4

Thurs.

 

 

 

3   

29

5

Fri.

End of 3rd Quarter

 

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Thanks To 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide Forbes 11-29-16 

Can You Live on Minimum Wage? (NY Times 2/2014)  

Spent!
(Minimum Wage Budget Game)

Economic Policy Institute Family Budget Indicator (2013)

Living Wage Calculator (MIT)

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due Friday April 7th at 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Talley's Corner (1966) by Elliott Liebow

Context:

  • The War on Poverty: Riots, Vietnam (1966)
  • The Moynihan Report (1965): crisis of inner city family
  • Refocus issue from delinquency (criminal teenagers) and dependency (welfare mothers) to the villain of the story, the absent adult male.

Method:

  • Not Sociology: data gathered by social workers, census workers, parole officers, and teachers using questionnaires to generate statistical reports.
  • Urban Anthropology: long term participant-observation of a culture by meeting individuals on their own turf and on their own terms (as if studying a native culture).
  • Liebow invented the discipline, or rather he renamed it: its practitioners used to be called reporters and novelists.

Setting:

  • Washington, DC (1962-63): How was the ghetto different in 1963?
  • The New Deal Carry Out Shop

The Cast:

  • Tally; Sea Cat; Richard; Leroy

Problems?

  • Who funded the research? Who is Elliott Liebow? How did he select what would be included in this book? How did the men on the corner manipulate him? What is his ideological perspective?

Fun with Numbers:

The Inflation Calculator: $1.00 (1962) = $8.06  (2016)

  • Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 (2016) = $0.72 (1962) (The real minimum wage then was $1.00 (1962) = $8.06 (2016).)
  • Working at minimum wage would pay you about $1260.00 a month.
  • Laborer Wage: 
    • $1.50 to $2.65 an hour (1962) = $12.09 to $21.37 an hour (2016) 
  • Top Pay for Jobs Available to Corner Men: 
    • $45.00 per week (1962) = $362.81 (2016) or  $1451.24 a month (2016).
  • Rent = $12 to $20 per week (1962) =  $96.75 to $161.25 per week or $387.00 to $644 per month (2016) (44% of income) (I pay @ 18% of my income on rent per month.)

Homework:

 

4         

2

7

Tues.


 

4         

3

8

Wed.

 

 

 

4         

4

9

Thurs.

 

 

4         

5

10

Fri.

 

 

 

 


LBJ


Malcolm X

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Helpful Chronological Framework

Class Discussion: What does it take to fight a “War on Poverty”? (just like a “War on Drugs” or a “War on Terrorism”)

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline (answers)

Homework:

For further study:

 

4         

8

1

Mon.


READING DAY
4 9 2 Tues.

 

 

 


Daniel Patrick Moynihan  (1927-2003)


Richard Nixon (1913-94)

 .

War on Poverty Flow Chart due due Thursday April, 12th at 3:30 p.m

Lemann, The Promised Land Washington,  (study guide) (study guide googledocs) (outline  (answers)

Homework:


For further study:

 

4         

10

3

Wed.



4
11
4
Thurs.

 

 


Thanks To 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide Forbes 11-29-16 

Can You Live on Minimum Wage? (NY Times 2/2014)  

Spent!
(Minimum Wage Budget Game)

Economic Policy Institute Family Budget Indicator (2013)

Living Wage Calculator (MIT)

 

War on Poverty Flow Chart due Friday April 7th at 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to Talley's Corner (1966) by Elliott Liebow

Context:

  • The War on Poverty: Riots, Vietnam (1966)
  • The Moynihan Report (1965): crisis of inner city family
  • Refocus issue from delinquency (criminal teenagers) and dependency (welfare mothers) to the villain of the story, the absent adult male.

Method:

  • Not Sociology: data gathered by social workers, census workers, parole officers, and teachers using questionnaires to generate statistical reports.
  • Urban Anthropology: long term participant-observation of a culture by meeting individuals on their own turf and on their own terms (as if studying a native culture).
  • Liebow invented the discipline, or rather he renamed it: its practitioners used to be called reporters and novelists.

Setting:

  • Washington, DC (1962-63): How was the ghetto different in 1963?
  • The New Deal Carry Out Shop

The Cast:

  • Tally; Sea Cat; Richard; Leroy

Problems?

  • Who funded the research? Who is Elliott Liebow? How did he select what would be included in this book? How did the men on the corner manipulate him? What is his ideological perspective?

Fun with Numbers:

The Inflation Calculator: $1.00 (1962) = $8.06  (2016)

  • Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 (2016) = $0.72 (1962) (The real minimum wage then was $1.00 (1962) = $8.06 (2016).)
  • Working at minimum wage would pay you about $1260.00 a month.
  • Laborer Wage: 
    • $1.50 to $2.65 an hour (1962) = $12.09 to $21.37 an hour (2016) 
  • Top Pay for Jobs Available to Corner Men: 
    • $45.00 per week (1962) = $362.81 (2016) or  $1451.24 a month (2016).
  • Rent = $12 to $20 per week (1962) =  $96.75 to $161.25 per week or $387.00 to $644 per month (2016) (44% of income) (I pay @ 18% of my income on rent per month.)

Homework:

 

4         

12

5

Fri.


4 15 6 Mon.

 

 

Damian Paletta and Steven Mufson,  Trump federal budget 2018: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor Post 3-16-17

Idea to overhaul social welfare assistance with guaranteed income spurs debate and diverse support (Making Sense) 

Charles Murray,  A Guaranteed Income for Every American Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture (WSJ 6-3-16)

Thanks To 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide Forbes 11-29-16 

Can You Live on Minimum Wage? (NY Times 2/2014)  

Spent!
(Minimum Wage Budget Game)

Economic Policy Institute Family Budget Indicator (2013)

Living Wage Calculator (MIT)

 

Talley's Corner (1966) by Elliott Liebow, 

Chapter One: IntroductionChapters 1 and 2; (Study Guide 1,2(Googledocs Study Guide) (Answers)

  • Narrative point of view of the writer:
    • Socio-political context in time: 1962 and 1967
    • Study Method: Urban Anthropology vs. Sociology?
    • Study Method: Anecdotes from Grown Men on Their Own Turf: Why?
    • Intended Audience? Grant Origin?
    • Ideological Perspective?
    • Social/Cultural Perspective?
  • Problems?
    • Ideological Flags?
    • Study Method?
    • Social/ Cultural Barriers?
    • Aesthetic Distortions?

Chapter Two: "Men and Jobs": (Chapters 1 and 2) (Study Guide 1,2) (Googledocs Study Guide 1 and 2(Answers

  • Main Idea: Why is getting and keeping a job a low priority on the corner scale of real values? What conclusion is Liebow leading us towards? Is his evidence convincing?

Fun with Numbers:

The Inflation Calculator: $1.00 (1962) = $8.06  (2016)

  • Federal Minimum Wage: $7.25 (2016) = $0.72 (1962) (The real minimum wage then was $1.00 (1962) = $8.06 (2016).)
  • Working at minimum wage would pay you about $1260.00 a month.
  • Laborer Wage: 
    • $1.50 to $2.65 an hour = $12.09 to $21.37 an hour (2016) 
  • Top Pay for Jobs Available to Corner Men: 
    • $45.00 per week = $362.81 (2016) or  $1451.24 a month (2016).
  • Rent = $12 to $20 per week =  $96.75 to $161.25 per week or $387.00 to $644 a month (2016) (44% of income) (I pay @ 18% of my income on rent per month.)

Homework:

 

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Tues.


 

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Talley's Corner Essay
:

Chapter 2: "Men and Jobs": Claire and Haley's Notes

Chapter 3: "Fathers Without Children": (Chapters 3 ) (Chapter 4) (Study Guide 3,4)  (Googledocs Chapters 3,4) (Answers) (Jack, Sam and Nick's Notes)
  • Main Idea: How can we inform our judgment of "deadbeat dads" by considering the influence of environment and culture?

Chapter 4: "Husbands and Wives"(Chapters 3 ) (Chapter 4) (Study Guide 3,4)  (Googledocs Chapters 3,4(Answers) (Sydney, Corliss and Cailin's Notes)

  • Main Idea: What impact does economic insecurity have on the relationships between man and woman in the corner culture?

Homework:

 

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4

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 GOOD FRIDAY/PASSOVER

4 22 0 Mon. PROFESSIONAL DAY

 

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Chapter 2: "Men and Jobs": Claire and Haley's Notes

  • Main Idea: Why is getting and keeping a job a low priority on the corner scale of real values? 

Chapter 3: "Fathers Without Children": Jack, Sam and Nick's Notes  

  • Main Idea: How can we inform our judgment of "deadbeat dads" by considering the influence of environment and culture?

Chapter 4: "Husbands and Wives"Sydney, Corliss and Cailin's Notes

  • Main Idea: What impact does economic insecurity have on the relationships between man and woman in the corner culture?

Chapter 5: "Lovers and Exploiters": (Chapter 5)  (Chapter 6)  (Study Guide 5,6) (Answers(Emily and Julia)

  • Main Idea: How does economic insecurity turn physical attraction into 'cynical, self-serving marauding'?

Chapter 6: "Friends and Networks"(Chapter 5) (Chapter 6) (Study Guide 5,6(Answers) (James and Lawson)

  • Why do attempts to organize and maintain solidarity fail?

Homework:

 

4

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Wed.


 

4

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Talley's Corner Essay due Monday, April 24th at 3:30 p.m.

Chapter 7: "Conclusion":   (Chapter 7) (Answers) (Jack and Vinay's Notes)

  • What proposals does Liebow suggest to remedy the problems of streetcorner men in the Washington DC ghetto of the early 1960's?
  • How has the ghetto changed in the fifty years since?

Appendix: "A Field Study in Retrospect" (Appendix) (Study Guide 7, Appendix) (Answers) (Alex's Notes)

  • Should we trust Liebow's conclusions given the highly subjective way in which he gathered information from these men?
Homework:
4 26 3 Fri.

 

4

29

4

Mon.

AP's

Talley's Corner In-Class Essay
4 30 5 Tues AP's

 

5

1

6

Wed.

AP's



August Wilson (1945-2005)

Talley's Corner Essay Due.

August Wilson Backgrounds

Jitney (1977; 1997)

Homework:
5 2 7 Thurs. AP's

 

5

3

8

Fri.

AP's


Bearden, Rocket to the Moon (1971)


The Cast of Jitney

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?)

  • Act One Scene One
    • The Hill District comes alive.
  • Act One Scene Two
    • What has pushed Turnbo over the edge today? (Look at his rant about respect. (30-31)) What does he tell Rena?
    • Why has Rena run out of patience with Youngblood? What was the straw which broke the camel's back for her? (32-35)
    • Why is Becker thinking about giving up after the city let him know that they were gonna board up the place the first of the month? (36)
    • Who did Booster kill? Why? (39)
  • Act One Scene Three
    • How does the fight between Youngblood and Turnbo break out? (43)
    • Describe the way Becker functions in this neighborhood: what makes his presence essential?
    • How does Fielding get himself fired? (51) Who does he dream about twenty years later? (53)
    • Becker and Booster
Homework:
5 6 9 Mon. AP's

 

5

7

10

Tues.

AP Exams

 


Bearden, Village of Yo, ca. 1964

Act One of Jitney (Study Guide)

The Day the Thunderstorm Breaks:
  • Today's the day that Becker will announce to his drivers that the Urban Renewal is moving in, he's moving out, and he's not sure that he wants to keep the business going.
  • Today's the day that Fielding finally gets himself fired.
  • Today's the day that the feud between Youngblood and Turnbo breaks wide open.
  • Today's the day that Rena confronts Youngblood with her suspicions about his running around with Peaches.
  • Today's the day that Becker's boy, Booster, is getting out of the penitentiary and coming home to meet his father.

Thesis: How are the strands of the action inter-related? (ie, is it just an accident that each of these thunderheads breaks simultaneously?

Homework:

 

5

8

1

Wed.

AP Exams


 

5

9

2

Thurs.

AP Exams


Paul Butler as Becker


Carl Lumbly as Booster

Act One Conclusion: Becker and Booster: Booker vs. Malcolm

Act Two of Jitney (Study Guide) (Quiz)

Connections to African American History:

Homework:

 

5

10

3

Fri.

AP Exams

 

5

13

4

Mon.

 AP Exams

 













Lynn Nottage, Sweat (2015) (GoogleDoc)

 

5

14

5

Tues.

AP EXAMS

 

5

15

6

Wed.

AP EXAMS

 

5

16

7

Thurs.

SENIOR EXAMS

 

5

17

8

Fri.

SENIOR EXAMS

 

 

 

 

 


5 20 9 Mon AWARDS DAY

 

5

21

10

Tues.

ENCOUNTER BEGINS

 

5

22

1

Wed.

 



James Baldwin,
"Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Emancipation"
from The Fire Next Time (1963)

Homework:

Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

Part One (pp. 1-71) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)

5 23 2 Thurs.


Mondawmin, Baltimore


Howard University Lawn
Timothy Williams, In Baltimore, Brazen Officers Took Every Chance to Rob and Cheat NY Times 2-6-2018

Charles W. Mills, "White Ignorance" from Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance ed Tuana and Sullivan (2007) social epistemology: feminist theory applied to race. This is an essay which Coates must have read during his countless hours spent in the library.  (Notes)

Video:

Ta-Nehesi Coates,
Between the World and Me
(2015)

Part One (pp. 1-71) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)

Richard Wright, Between the World and Me (1935) Homework:

Part Two (pp. 73-132) (Google Docs Study Guide) (Study Guide)

 

5

24

3

Fri.



Civil War Monument


Brooklyn
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a historic speech at Gallier Hall on Friday, May 19, 2017 as the final of four Confederate monuments was taken down at Lee Circle just blocks away.

Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015) 

Part Two (pp. 73-132) (Google Docs Study Guide) Homework:

For further study:

Black Lives Matter


Marion Post Wolcott / Library of Congress


Ta-Nehesi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

  • Part Three: The Visit with Dr. Jones (pp. 133-52) (Study Guide) (Google Docs Study Guide
  • Michele Alexander, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ NY Times 8-17-15
  • The Atlantic Interview: The growing prominence of The Atlantic's national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates means that he's often asked to comment on matters on which he lacks expertise, but he demurs. In a conversation with The Atlantic's editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg, recorded in front of an audience at South by Southwest in Austin, Coates explains why he isn't interested in interviewing Donald Trump, why he cannot use Twitter ever again, and how his complicated feelings about America inflect his writing for Captain America. 

The Original Underclass:

  • Alec MacGillis, The Original Underclass: Poor white Americans’ current crisis shouldn’t have caught the rest of the country as off guard as it has. Sept 2016 The Atlantic
  • Bob Davis and  Joshua Jamerson, Donald Trump Is Still Their Man: In the heart of Virginia coal country, the people of Buchanan County gave candidate Trump some of his biggest majorities, and they remain loyal. The big reason: a local rebound.
    WSJ Jan. 20, 2018
  • J.D. Vance, America's Forgotten Working Class TED VIDEO Sept 2016
Homework:

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy (2016) (Study Guide)

 

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MEMORIAL DAY

5 28 4 Tues.
5 29 5 Wed.
5 30 6 Thurs. READING DAY

 

5

31

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EXAMS

 

6

3

8

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EXAMS

 

6

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EXAMS

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EXAM MAKEUP DAY










6 7 2 Fri FACULTY MEETINGS
6 8 Sat. Baccalureate
6 9 Sun. Graduation