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Trust or Duress?

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Lucas AcostaLeave a Comment

In Louis Adamic’s “Girl on the Road” the young woman depicted has an outward appearance symbolic to how others were feeling during the depression. Cut and bruised she is unable to care for herself but is fortunate that a kind stranger feels sympathetic towards her. In Lorena’s “One Third of a Nation” the narrator reveals the suffering many families had …

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Running From Reality…or is Reality Just Running?

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Jason GabaeeLeave a Comment

Nowadays, if one said they had lived in as many different places as Hazel Leyton, they’d probably seem some adventurous travel extraordinaire. However, the woman Louis Adamic finds in My America just seems to be constantly running away and constantly down on her luck. Firstly, the condition in which he finds her and that he ultimately does decide to stop …

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The Great Depression of Gender Roles

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Alessandro HarabinLeave a Comment

The traditional gender role assumed that women were members of families with a male breadwinner at its head, but that description did not always match reality. Women who were widowed or divorced, or whose husbands had deserted them, struggled to keep their families afloat; single women had to fend for themselves. These women were truly on the margins, practically invisible. …

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“Girl on the Narrative Exchange”

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Andrew Karpan1 Comment

An odd indictment of early On-The-Road writer culture, “Girl on the Road” presents a canny battle of subject and object that manages to take a swiping pass at acknowledging inexpressibles: inexpressible tension, inexpressible ambition and, of course, inexpressible narratives. In that way Louis Adamic’s piece figures itself at odds with the ambitious aims of his writing peers; that is to …

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To Recognize the Other

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Ruben Zaccaroni1 Comment

Hickok begins by describing how for her, as well as for other writers, the people on relief during the Great Depression, were “not really people ate all. They had no faces” (ix). The beginning point of departure for the writer embarking on the journey through America was one of complete disconnect. She then remarks that “they emerged- individuals. People, with …

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It’s All in the Technique

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Zoe Hall1 Comment

In each of the readings focused on Women on the Road there surfaced a different kind of relationship between the writers and their subjects. All three writers seemingly chose to write about similar subjects with shared demographics, or at least arguably very interconnected life circumstances, however each chose alternate methods in which to tell their stories. For instance, while reading …

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Who’s Talking

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Jack1 Comment

So often history tells the stories of bureaucracy and politics, and neglects this everyday aspects of economic ups and downs.  Lorena Hickok’s detailing of the New York city relief crisis not only gives a humanizing aspect to great depression, but also dives into the mentality of poverty.  Living day-to-day is the direct result poverty takes on families, and this mindset …

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America’s Potential for Compassion

In 2. Women on the Road, The Travel Habit by Laura CasadoLeave a Comment

Historical texts, written in hindsight, often group together and stereotype whole eras and classes of people. These may be historically correct, but in attempting to capture the big picture, they overlook vital details. The features that are most continually, and unfortunately ignored, are people. It is easy to pinpoint catastrophic events and influential figures, but as a result the rest …

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The Fighter in Every Wanderer

In 2. Women on the Road by Aroushi1 Comment

From the onset of “A Girl on the Road”, Louis Adamic sets a mystical tone to the story of the lost girl. The girl in question – cold and blue, unkempt and threadbare is lonesome, on a dark, threatening night – a symbol of the worst form of suffering for most nomads. As the writer takes this girl into the comfort of …