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soc. 180 film rev - Nandaputra Harsono 860475310 Soc 180 R...

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Nandaputra Harsono 860475310 Soc . 180 R . Alvarez American Hollow Film Analysis When the American government bought out the land of the people living in the hollow, they do not see it as violating any norms, because the people that inhabited the hollow were seen as people who do not have much to begin with . By supplying the Bowlings’ with a minimal check of one hundred fifty dollars, the government feels as if they are giving more than enough to these families . These government checks are not enough for the families to survive; they must sell moss, bloodroot, and ginseng in order to make some sort of living . The government is also violating the norms of the United States citizens . After years of oppression on the reservation, the Indians were finally given rights and land so that they can make a living . The Indians can be compared to the Bowling family because the government has given both of these two peoples minimal subsistence . Essentially the government and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) felt that they would be helping the residents of the hollow, by supplying power and buying out the land . The New Deal and TVA built dams in order to bring electricity to the "Forgotten Americans" . “Rural electrification was based on the belief that affordable electricity would improve the standard of living and the economic competitiveness of the family farm . However,
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electric power alone was not enough to stop the transformation of America's farm communities . Rural electrification did not halt the continuing migration of rural people from the country to the city . Nor did it stop the decline in the total number of family farms . ” (New Deal Network) The government actually owes more to the residents of the hollow, than a small check and electricity . Because the government bough out these people’s land they should provide larger compensation . It seems as if the government is only giving the bare minimum so that there is no commotion within the people or the government . If they really wanted it their way, the government would only pay the residents one time and still make them pay for their electricity . Even though the government provides meager forms of subsistence, the family has its own responsibilities to move beyond, if they desire to . For the most part, the Bowlings’ traditions are deep rooted and many of the older Bowlings’ have tired to leave the hollow, but seem to always come back . “Iree and her family do not consider themselves to be victims, or for that matter even poor . In addition, no matter the hardship, the doing without, Iree will be the first to tell you that life is easier now than it was in the 1930s, when she was a child” . (Kennedy) In other words, Iree feels that her and the family will always be apart of the hollow no matter what the situation .
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