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Title: MID 20TH CENTURY (1940 -1970)


1
MID 20TH CENTURY (1940 -1970)
  • English U.S. History Paper
  • 11th Grade
  • 2011

2
JAMES BALDWIN GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
  • Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's
    discovery of the terms of his identity as the
    stepson of the minister of a storefront
    Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in
    March of 1935.
  • Historical Connections Equal rights

3
CLAUDE BROWN MANCHILD IN THE PROMISED LAND
  • Manchild in the Promised Land is indeed one of
    the most remarkable autobiographies of our time.
    This thinly fictionalized account of Claude
    Brown's childhood as a hardened, streetwise
    criminal trying to survive the toughest streets
    of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive
    account of everyday life for the first generation
    of African Americans raised in the Northern
    ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Historical Connections Black urban life, 1960s
    Civil rights

4
TRUMAN CAPOTE IN COLD BLOOD A TRUE ACCOUNT OF A
MULTIPLE MURDER ITS CONSEQUENCES
  • On November 15, 1959, in the small town of
    Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter
    family were savagely murdered by blasts from a
    shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There
    was no apparent motive for the crime, and there
    were almost no clues. As Truman Capote
    reconstructs the murder and the investigation
    that led to the capture, trial, and execution of
    the killers, he generates both mesmerizing
    suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold
    Blood is a work that transcends its moment,
    yielding poignant insights into the nature of
    American violence.
  • Historical Connections New journalism, Crime
    writing

5
RACHEL CARSON SILENT SPRING
  • Silent Spring alerted a large audience to the
    environmental and human dangers of indiscriminate
    use of pesticides, spurring revolutionary changes
    in the laws affecting our air, land, and water.
  • Historical Connections Environmental movement

6
ELDRIDGE CLEAVER SOUL ON ICE
  • By turns shocking and lyrical, unblinking and
    raw, the searingly honest memoirs of Eldridge
    Cleaver are a testament to his unique place in
    American history. Cleaver writes in Soul on Ice,
    "I'm perfectly aware that I'm in prison, that I'm
    a Negro, that I've been a rapist, and that I have
    a Higher Uneducation." What Cleaver shows us, on
    the pages of this now classic autobiography, is
    how much he was a man.
  • Historical Connections 1960s, African American
    experience

7
RALPH ELLISON INVISIBLE MAN
  • The nameless narrator of the novel describes
    growing up in a black community in the South,
    attending a Negro college from which he is
    expelled, moving to New York and becoming the
    chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the
    Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and
    confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible
    Man he imagines himself to be.
  • Historical Connections African American
    experience

8
BETTY FRIEDAN THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE
  • Landmark, groundbreaking, classic these
    adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and
    long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The
    Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined
    "the problem that has no name," that launched the
    Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has
    been awakening women and men with its insights
    into social relations, which still remain fresh,
    ever since.
  • Historical Connections Feminist movement

9
BLACK LIKE ME JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN
  • In 1959, Griffin headed to New Orleans, darkened
    his skin and immersed himself in black society,
    then traveled to several states until he could no
    longer stand the racism, segregation and
    degrading living conditions.
  • Historical Connections Civil rights, African
    American experience Deep South

10
JOHN HERSEY HIROSHIMA
  • Hiroshima is the story of six human beings who
    lived through the greatest single manmade
    disaster in history. With what Bruce Bliven
    called "the simplicity of genius," John Hersey
    tells what these six -- a clerk, a widowed
    seamstress, a physician, a Methodist minister, a
    young surgeon, and a German Catholic priest --
    were doing at 815 a.m. on August 6, 1945, when
    Hiroshima was destroyed by the first atomic bomb
    ever dropped on a city.
  • Historical Connections World War II, Atomic bomb

11
JOHN KNOWLES A SEPARATE PEACE
  • This story of two boys' friendship at an
    exclusive New Hampshire prep school as it
    parallels the inescapable and escalating
    atmosphere of World War II, is intense and
    engaging to the last word.
  • Historical Connections Pre-World War II

12
JACK KEROUAC ON THE ROAD
  • On the Road's publication in 1957 was a wake-up
    call to the American public that not all its
    youth were modeled after characters on Ozzie and
    Harriet it portrayed Ivy League-educated white
    kids who smoked dope, hitchhiked, and frequented
    black jazz joints and Mexican whorehouses. It was
    the harbinger of the radical changes that would
    soon sweep society in the 1960s.
  • Historical Connections Beat Generation, 1960s

13
LOUIS LAMOUR THE TRAIL TO SEVEN PINES
  • With their help, Hopalong fights to save the
    Rocking R, only to  find himself the target of a
    ruthless gunman in a  life-and-death struggle for
    frontier justice.
  • Historical Connections Western life

14
HARPER LEE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
  • Harper Lee's classic novel of a lawyer in the
    Deep South defending a black man charged with the
    rape of a white girl.
  • Historical Connections 1950s, Racism

15
SYLVIA PLATH THE BELL JAR
  • The Bell Jar tells the story of a gifted young
    woman's mental breakdown beginning during a
    summer internship as a junior editor at a
    magazine in New York City in the early 1950s.
  • Historical Connections Alienation in American,
    Post World War II

16
J.D. SALINGER THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
  • Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in
    his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been
    expelled from prep school.
  • Historical Connections Post World War II, Public
    views of the 1960s

17
KURT VONNEGUT SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE
  • Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world's great
    anti-war books. Centering on the infamous
    fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey
    through time reflects the mythic journey of our
    own fractured lives as we search for meaning in
    what we are afraid to know.
  • Historical Connections Issues of World War II
    veterans

18
RICHARD WRIGHT NATIVE SON
  •  Reflects the poverty and hopelessness of life
    in the inner city and what it means to be black
    in America.
  • Historical Connections Jim Crow laws

19
RICHARD WRIGHT BLACK BOY A RECORD OF CHILDHOOD
AND YOUTH
  • Wright's upbringing in the Jim Crow South.
  • Historical Connections Jim Crow laws
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