Debbie McKenna

Why are mining massacres not more widely known?

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Oct 282010

Learning this week and the number of very brutal massacres, Matewan and now two in Colorado, it makes me wonder why they are not more widely known.  Until I checked up on our reading, I was entire unaware of the conflicts and violence that was associated with mining throughout the United States.  I would think that, even in passing, more would be heard about them somewhere in our history, but that is not true.  It’s surprising to me knowing how important coal mining once was.  Is this silence because of the big business influence or that these victims of big business didn’t warrant more attention?–Debbie M.

Doc Holliday

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Oct 192010

Ok, I gotta say it, I’m totally disappointed that there was no, “I’ll be your huckleberry” from Doc.  It was in that other great movie, does that not prove that Doc was so clever and whitty?  And another thing (I’m on my soap box) does Clementine have ANYTHING to do with the movie, other than being in the title and making a cameo appearance????  I do believe that she wasn’t real and they just put her in so they had reason to use the name Clementine.  Man, I was disappointed in that.  So, now I will step off my soap box and see what I can learn from you all.  Am I the only one feeling this way?

The Color Purple Bib

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Sep 072010

Ebert, Roger. The Color Purple.…. (accessed September 2, 2010).

            Ebert wrote about his impression of the movie The Color Purple when it was released in 1985.  He notes the integral parts each character played and how he was emotionally moved when he watched the movie.

Bobo, Jacqueline. Black Women’s Responses to The Color Purple.…. (accessed September 2, 2010).

            Bobo composed a review exposing the way many black American men and women viewers reacted to the movie The Color Purple.  She exposed the way in which this film was not embraced positively by all viewers.

Hawes, Joseph M. and Elizabeth I. Nybakken, eds. Family and Society in American History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

            This book explores the way in which southern African American families structure changed through the eighteenth through twentieth century.  It closely examines personal interactions within the family unit for African Americans.  This book will confirm or challenge the way in which the movie The Color Purple expresses various relationships with the lives of African Americans living in the South.

Hurt, R. Douglas. African American Life in the Rural South 19001950. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003.

            Hurt exposes the significance of how society, poverty and oppression play a major part in the lives of African Americans in the South.  This book will examine how accurate the lifestyles of the characters in the movie The Color Purple are to the way lives were lived during the early twentieth century.

Tolnay, Stewart E. The Bottom Rung: African American Family Life on Southern Farms. Chicago: University of Illinois, 1999.

            Tolnay published public records from the early 1900s in this book to dispute preconceived ideas about the private lives of African Americans in the South.  Since this book centers on the same timeframe the movie The Color Purple takes place, it will expose the film’s accuracies and inaccuracies about life in the South.

Youtube, “Trailer- The Color Purple” You Tube Website, Embedded Media File,… (accessed September 2, 2010).

            This is a very short video clip that introduces viewers to the main characters of the movie The Color Purple, along with information about it being based on a book written by Alice Walker.