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In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Snacks1 Comment

Early on in James Rorty’s Where Life Is Better, he writes in his diary “The country is too big. It is too big to report, and partly because it is too big to report, it is, possibly, too big to govern (10).” This sense of grand hopelessness encompasses the three readings of assignment number two. The problems of the US …

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Communism Is Impossible When Those With Dough Won’t Share

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by AmarLeave a Comment

When the stock market crashed in 1929, America fell into an economic slump that failed to spurn new jobs and the environment suffered as a result of rampant, overzealous abuse of its resources. These conditions created a dichotomy between the labor and the educated classes, and class warfare and Marxism became important themes of society in the 1930s. When Lauren …

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In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Aadi1 Comment

Some travelers move with purpose. They have a specific destination in mind and complete their trips as soon as they arrive. Other travelers wander aimlessly around, looking for a sense of home that they may never find. Ernie Pyle speaks very in depth on the latter in ‘Home Country.’ He talks about his lifestyle as a writer. How, to earn …

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Nowhere to go but up

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by KirilLeave a Comment

Pyle does an excellent job describing the troubled circumstances of the era during which he is traveling. But I found that there was a surprising amount of overlap between the descriptions of the troubles themselves and the sort of hopeful overlook with which he regarded them. As depressing as things get, as much and as often as his descriptions turn …

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Acknowledging Choice

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Melanie1 Comment

During the Great Depression, many photojournalists and writers set out to travel across the United States in an effort to document the suffering that the crisis had brought about to Americans everywhere. Many of these accounts from the perspective of writers have something in common: they tell the stories of individuals; in “Home Country,” Pyle tells the story of a …

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Communists and Commerce

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by MichaelLeave a Comment

When Lauren Gilfillan left a life of relative privilege, complete with a college education, and traveled to visit the the miners of Pennsylvania, she discovered that the idealist sentiment of hope that she associated with communism and socialism was vastly different than the feelings of the miners that were living in poverty. The miners were supposedly communists, but when Ms. …

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Comrades Vs. Capitalism

In Writers on the Road (2), The Travel Habit by Emily1 Comment

Growing up in Pittsburgh, I learned a lot about the history of coal mining in the region. Yet what I learned mostly focused on the actual work of miners rather than their political beliefs during the depression. After reading the story “No Comrade” by Lauren Gilfillan, I was able to better understand how their social standing affected their political ideologies. …

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A Broken People

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Dennis1 Comment

American people during the Great Depression gave off the vibes of a broken population. This was especially true among the poorer people as opposed to those who were still wealthy. However, the problem that plagued the American peoples was not simply the economy and the conditions that they are thrust in but rather one in their own souls. “The more …

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Too Busy To Think Bigger

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Lu Maw1 Comment

In ‘Where Life is Better’, Rorty writes of a war like feeling ominously present throughout the nation. There are too many ideas and organizations around, all demanding attention for different things. Ultimately, if there is a breaking point for this restless feeling, Rorty writes: And the final conflict, if there is to be a final conflict, which I doubt, will …

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A Method of Escape

In The Travel Habit, Writers on the Road (2) by Veronica1 Comment

In the excerpts of “Home Country,” the author, Ernie Pyle, discusses the horrible conditions that surrounded him during his travels. In the midst of the “drought bowl,” or a period of severe drought, those in the agriculture industry struggled. This makes sense, because without rain, irrigation systems are unable to function properly and crops are unable to grow properly. As …