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Daniel White, Blog Post 8 – The Struggle of Authenticity

Achieving true objectivity through photographic work is nearly impossible.  Once the camera is there, the scene, the people involved, the situation—it’s altered, it’s different from what it would be like if the camera wasn’t there.  Yes, most of the time … Continue reading

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A New Federal Writers’ Project

A thought that came to my mind when I was reading “These Are Our Lives” was how a study like the Federal Writers’ Project would be conducted in modern times. Cultural ideals have shifted greatly in the past eighty or … Continue reading

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Delaware is Actually, for Once, Relevant

Two white girls in their late teens or early twenties stand staring up at a white truck driver. They wear waitress uniforms from the early 1940s and have faces decorated with giddy grins. One girl stands straight at attention with … Continue reading

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Outen: Do It Yourself

“The Federal Writers’ Project Slave Interviews,” by Thomas F. Soapes makes me wonder how trustworthy interviews, documentaries, and other historical publications are. We all know that interviewers, writers, and directors place their own bias into their published works. However, what … Continue reading

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Federal Writer Bias

The preface to William Couch’s These are Our Lives raises some interesting points on the Federal Writer’s Project and the specific task the employees undertook during the Great Depression.  An important figure in this project, William Couch compiles life histories … Continue reading

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Democratize History

In my History 364 Class we are reading Major Problems of American Business History. Each chapter in the book includes a few short first-person essays followed by some secondary source analyses. Because of the discussions we have had in this class, … Continue reading

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Conventionality

Why is it that we see anything that’s not conventional, we’re uncomfortable? Why is it that history has been ‘conformed’ into this conventional ideology? Are we as Americans that concerned with not only how we present ourselves today but with … Continue reading

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Whispers of the Past, Voices of the Future: Oral History, Narration and Nation Building

Living in the United States, it’s not everyday or (ever) that one meets a Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel or Gretel, yet all are household names.  Whether filtered through Disney’s magical lens and therefore imbued with the hums of princesses, secure within … Continue reading

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