Five College Consortium

The Past Recaptured,1935-1943

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Interdisciplinary Arts

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Hampshire College
This course will study the United States, 1935-1943, using an array of primary and secondary visual and written sources. These sources will include: (1) One hundred and forty-five thousand black and white images made of the American people by a team of documentary photographers employed by the US government (These photographs are in the FARM SECURITY/OFFICE OF WAR INFORMATION COLLECTION. This collection is available on-line, through the Library of Congress American Memory website). (2) The Historical NEW YORK TIMES and the Historical CHICAGO TRIBUNE, available as on-line data bases. (3) David M. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning FREEDOM FROM FEAR, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN DEPRESSION AND WAR, 1929-1943. (4) Period novels (eg. Nathaniel West's MISS LONELYHEARTS)and oral histories (e.g. Stud's Tekel's HARD TIMES). Students will learn to choose and use excerpts from this array of images and texts to build narrative sequences of words and pictures that like movies with soundtracks tell true stories about this country and our shared pasts. Students will be expected to create sequences of words and images that from week to week will be the work product of this course. This course is designed for artists who are intellectuals, and intellectuals who are artists.Prerequisite: Secondary School Advanced Placement American History and/or Literature/College American History/American Studies.

Power, Community and Social Justice Independent Work Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research

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Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
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The Past Recaptured,1935-1943
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Michael Lesy

09:00AM-10:20AM M,W

Franklin Patterson Hall 102