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american lit final - Women on the Breadlines In "Women...

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Women on the Breadlines In  "Women on the Breadlines,"  Meridel LeSueur's first piece of reportage  for the New Masses, the writer, an unemployed mother of two, places herself  among the "women you don't see": those who are single, out of work, and  hungry. She was criticized for her "defeatism" by the editors, who were  annoyed that such women were not joining the organizations of the working  class and that this writer was not striking a more hopeful note. Implicitly, her  stance suggested that narratives about the breadlines needed modification  when it was women who stood on them.  2     Because the hungry woman had no  place on the breadlines, she rarely figured in the headlines either. Women are forced to manage families on their  own, without the help of men. They want any job possible to support themselves. Contexts The ongoing issues include the following: 1) how individuals are valued, how ordinary people fare in American society, and what opportunities exist for them; 2) what is the nature and role of the state and how it responds to real and perceived threats; 3) how people are connected to one another and to the places in which they live; 4) how the young respond to the world they will inherit; and 5) how newcomers fare in the U.S. After 1945, writers showed far less interest in wealth and poverty, power and powerlessness, the situations of ordinary workers, and so forth . One cause for this lessening of interest was the disaffection of many writers from politics because of the failures of Communism, the chief sponsor of engaged literature for more than two decades. A second cause was the developing sense in American literary culture that, as the English writer George Orwell put it in his widely-read 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language,” politics was “a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred, and schizophrenia” and that political engagement killed real art. But “politics” and “political” are elastic terms, as indicated by the wide acceptance of the idea that “the personal is political.” As I hope to show, American writing after World War II was still deeply engaged, and not just at the personal level. The Depression and Early 1940s
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From the Civil War through the 1920s, there was a great deal of poverty in the United States. Decades of protest, political agitation, and unionization efforts were not successful in altering basic economic conditions and the near-revolutionary agitation of the years between 1916 and 1919 ended in total loss for reformers, unionists, socialists, and other dissidents. The prosperity of the 1920s helped some people in some regions and economic sectors of the country. But all ships were not raised on the tide of prosperity; some economic sectors, including the
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