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Grapes of Wrath Bibliography – SHauser

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

* Cooper, Michael L. Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930’s. New York: Clarion Books, 2004.
Discussion of Depression Era mid-west. Useful in context for first part of film.

* Daniel, Cletus E. Bitter Harvest: A History of California Farmworkers, 1870-1941. London: Cornell University Press, 1981.
Contains discussion of working conditions of Depression era California farmworks. Useful for context of later half of the film when characters travel to California.

* Nugent, Frank S. “Hollywood’s Favorite Rebel.” Saturday Evening Post 222, no. 4 (July 23, 1949): 25-98.
Discussion of John Ford and his directing style. Discusses directorial decisions he made while creating Grapes of Wrath.

* Sanderson, Jim. “American Romanticism in John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath: Horizontalness, Darkness, Christ, and F.D.R.” Literature Film Quarterly 17, no. 4 (December 1989): 231.
Critical cinematic examination of John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath .

* Smith, John R. “Making the Cut: Documentary Work in John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath.” Literature Film Quarterly 35, no. 4 (2007): 323-329.
Another critical examination of Ford’s directorial choices in The Grapes of Wrath

* Stein, Walter J. California and the Dust Bowl Migration. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1973.
Describes movement of people from Dust Bowl to California during the Depression.

US History in Film

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This all seems so familiar…

Rotating Header in WordPress

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

The following is one way to get your blog to rotate images within the header of your blog.

First you’ll need to go to your CPanel to set-up a directory in your File Manager to place the rotate.php and all the images that you want to rotate in the header. On the Digital Storytelling the directory structure is set-up like this:

The next step is to download the rotate.php zip file that you will place in the folder you have created, in this case it will be the ‘rotate_ds’ folder. Once you have saved the file you can place the zipped folder in the ‘rotate_ds’ and extract the contents to the folder (which should be the ‘rotate.php’ file). So the hierarchy should look something like this:

Now that you have the php file in place you can put in the images that you want to rotate in the header in the same folder. Make sure when you create the images that you format the images to the proper height and width otherwise your images might not come out the way you want.

With all that in place you can now put in the little bit of code that will tell your header where to grab the images from and that you want to rotate them. One way of doing this is through the main CSS stylesheet of your theme but, if you are having problems with the CSS you can stick code into the header.php that will override any other code in place.

Go to the back-end of your blog and click on Appearance and navigate down to the Editor option. This will allow you to edit your themes. On the right hand side there should be a list of templates one of which is “Header (header.php)” click on that to open it up in the editor.

Scroll through the code until you come across:

<div id="header"

You can insert the following code in right after div id=”header”:

style="background: #000 url('')"

That is the bare minimum to get the rotate.php to work. If you want the images to appear nicely in the header it is a good idea to add some CSS in. So take a look at the code in its entirety for the Digital Storytelling header.php:

div id="header" style="background: #000000 url( center center no-repeat; height: 160px; padding-top: 10px;"

Here is an explanatory image of what the CSS is doing:

DS Rotating Header CSS

Stand With Haiti – Partners In Health

Friday, January 15th, 2010

There are many organizations that have been taking donations to help with disaster relief in Haiti right now. If you are looking for some place to donate to I recommend donating to Partners in Health who provide health care options to the poor. Even before the disaster happened Partners in Health was helping the poor in Haiti obtain health care and you can be sure that they will be there after many organization have left.

Here is a direct link to the donation page

There are lots of great organizations out there so please, even if you don’t donate to PiH do donate somewhere.

For Fox Sake

Friday, October 30th, 2009

A must watch video clip from October 29th, 2009 The Daily Show:

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Thank you Jon Stewart!

WTF is this?

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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This One Goes Out to the History Majors

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Married To The Sea

Recreation of Memory

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A few months back I listened to a podcast on memory from one of my favorite radio shows, Radiolab out of NYC.

While we often think of our memory as file cabinet and when we want to retrieve a memory we just go into the drawer and pull it out. Through experiments scientist have concluded that this file cabinet view is wrong and in actuality each time we remember something we create a new memory, so the more we think about something the less it is like what actually happened.

So what does this have to do with US history in film? Consider Birth of a Nation, a movie about slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction. Knowing the majority of US citizens go to the theater at this point in history, while they watch the movie they are forced to think about the time period. In thinking about that memory, either from what was learned or actual memories from the time, they are recreating it. So their memory is being slightly skewed towards what the film has presented.

Historical films force us to think about history (duh) and with that the memories of what we have learned about or experience during the time period. Knowing visual and audio leave a lasting impression on us and that we create new memories every time we remember, watching films can change (without us even realizing it) the way we view historical events.

The Ghost of Tom Joad

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

This semester I am also in a US History in Film class and in it we have to create an original online research project analyzing a particular film.

I’ve chosen the Grapes of Wrath and while I already know the Reverend has put some mighty fine clips of the film up on his blog awhile ago my brain usually runs off in a different direction.

So until I have something more substantial to say here is Bruce Springsteen’s ode to the films protagonist, “The Ghost of Tom Joad”

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Monroe: The Best Hall on Campus

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Originally uploaded by me!