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  • Pedagogy: Lendol Calder’s Uncoverage: Toward a Signature Pedagogy for the History Survey --- teaching students how to interpret primary documents.
  • Model, Fillipa Hamilton. SPHERICAL CAMERA ANALOGY
  • What’s going on in this photo? What do you see that makes you think that? GRANT WOOD. How is this different than the original American Gothic? BACK TO QUOTE: I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. What arguments about race and poverty during the depression is Parks making here? Do you think he’s effective? Is this a good tactic? Why or why not?
  • Gordon Parks

    1. 1. AGAINST ALL SORTS OF SOCIAL WRONGS: THE FSA Photos of Gordon ParksAdrienne Phelps Coco BHCC June 18th, 2012
    2. 2. Our Goals for Today:THE SKINNY Identify key concepts about the relationship between the Roosevelt administration and the African American community.FOR THE TOOLKIT Learn to “read” photographs as historical evidence.CONNECT THE DOTS Craft your own argument about the Great Depression by analyzing the photographs of Gordon Parks.
    3. 3. “Self-Portrait,”Gordon Parks(1945)
    4. 4. "I saw that the camera could be aweapon against poverty, againstracism, against all sorts of socialwrongs. I knew at that point I hadto have a camera.” Gordon Parks (1999)
    5. 5. Ralph Lauren: BlueLabel Ad (2009) (1885) (1865 )
    6. 6. Journal Assignment:Find a documentary photograph in anewspaper of your choice.What’s happening in the photograph? What details do you see that make you think this?What insights into American culture in 2012 does the photograph give you?How would the photo be a good source for future historians?
    7. 7. Image List:• Slide One: • Gordon Parks, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs• Slide Three: • Gordon Parks, “Self Portrait,” Startribune.com, 1945. • Shaft Poster, IMDB.com, 1971.• Slide Five: • Ralph Lauren Ad, 2009. • L. Wallack, “Double Portrait: Barber and Client,” from the American Museum of Photography, 1885. • “The Giant Baby,” from the American Museum of Photograph, c. 1865.• Slide Six: • Gordon Parks, “Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman, with three grandchildren and her adopted daughter.” Library of Congress Prints and Photographs, 1942.• Slide Seven: • Gordon Parks, “American Gothic, Washington D.C.” Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1942. • Grant Wood, “American Gothic,” 1930.

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