Monday, February 22, 2010

Did John Steinbeck inspire Norman Rockwell's painting, "The Problem We All Live With"?

Hey there,
Do you think that John Steinbeck's description of the first black child to attend a desegregated school in the South inspired this famous painting by Norman Rockwell? Think about how Steinbeck described the scene, especially the way the child appeared. Did you know that Rockwell painted such powerful images as this? Check out the videos below to learn about who that African-American child is?

Travels with Charley: Ruby Bridges in New Orleans

When Steinbeck arrives in New Orleans in late 1960, he decides to witness the scenes of protest surrounding the first black child attending a white school under the school desegregation act. The six-year-old child he witnessed being harassed by the white protesters in New Orleans was Ruby Bridges. Here are two YouTube videos about this difficult time in US history:

Ruby Bridges's story: Through My Eyes

A short course on school desegregation in the late 1950s and early 1960s

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

An Interpretive Video of "Let America Be America Again"

Need a little inspiration? Here's a reading of Langston Hughes's poem:

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

What happened in 1961, the year that Travels with Charley was written?

US-Cuban Exiles and the CIA mount an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban Revolution and then president of Cuba. This debacle became known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes; read by Nikki Giovanni

 Hey guys,
On the theme of the meaning of "America", here's the African-American poet, Nikki Giovanni, reading Langston Hughes's poem, "Let America Be America Again". I read this poem last night, and it gave me chills. Let's read it tomorrow in class!
Till then.

LA3 Blog: John with Charley

Hey guys,
So we've got a blog! And you're all welcome to join me as authors of the content. So, if in your browsing of the internet you find stuff that relates to the work of our class, then please-please-please share it with the world through our blog!! Okay...I'll kick it off. Here's a picture of John Steinbeck and his French poodle, Charley.