John Henry Days - John Henry Days Colston Whitehead born in...

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John Henry Days 03/31/2016 ° Colston Whitehead: born in 1969 after Civil Rights Era Worked for magazines that sent him everywhere—junketeer? ° John Henry Myth/Tall Tale: to teach something Regional & National— American Dream, westward expansion and manifest destiny Take home: perseverance, work hard, don’t quit, individualism, self- reliance John Henry in the tale seems loving, kind, family man, honest, patient, persistent, having integrity, determined, optimistic, hope, etc. Race—blackness o Slavery backdrop: the story would not be the same if John Henry were white o Progressive politics: look at what people could do if given the chance—feel shameful of slavery ° ° Presence in class April 5 th - few minutes late What is John Henry?—He is a song…& a black superhero? Roland Barthes- “Myth is a form of speech.” o Language is enacting rather than reflecting ° ° Meredith Hunter 18 year old student at UC-B 1969 Free Concert at Altamont o 1960s counterculture: new things kids bring into culture/world
sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, civil rights, gender equality ° ° Crispus Attucks Boston massacre: people shot Crispus was first shot ° ° J. Sutter Almost dies choking on a piece of beef o

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