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Write a 1,200 word essay (no more than 1300 words) that explores these primary sources and how they either illustrate or clash with the arguments proposed by one of our secondary sources examined during this unit. Your essay should be an analytical essay, and it should have a thesis statement that either affirms or contests the argument of one of our secondary sources. The thesis statement may fall in the introduction or conclusion of the essay–how you structure the argument this time around is up to you. 1. Your essay should do the following:  Provide close readings of the primary documents that draw out key evidence supporting your claims  Provide historical context for the documents by citing any and/or all three of our secondary sources  Make an argument either affirming or contesting the central arguments of ONE of our secondary sources from this unit. This argument should use specific evidence from the primary sources as the main source base.  Use proper Chicago style citations and list all sources consulted with a properly formatted Chicago-style bibliography at the end. Secondary source: Excerpts from “Self-Help in Hard Times” from A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn: https://www.historyisaweapon.com/defcon1/zinnselhel15.html Primary Source: Photo Archive: Explore the work of Dorothea Lange, collected here by the Oakland Museum of California: https://dorothealange.museumca.org/section/depression/ Class Rules: This class has a ZERO tolerance policy of AI. Ø The AI rate should be below 1%, check from: https://www.zerogpt.com No argument of the AI similarity, I have already gave you the tool, check yourself before upload. https://copyleaks.com The AI test result should be green and shows that it’s Human Language. Ø The similarity of Turnitin.com should be below 7% from school requirement. Ø The AI % of Turnitin.com should be below 5% from school requirement. THIS IS A CLOSED READING WRITING. Best ideal way is to take 2-4 photos from the archieve, form a central argument. Use secondary source to write and support your claims! Chicago Style: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html
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History Close Reading Writing
Introduction
Dorothea Lange's renowned images from the Great Depression reflect the American people's grit
and will. In "Self-Help in Hard Times," Howard Zinn investigates the issues that underprivileged
populations confront today
Thesis statement: This essay will counter Howard Zinn's argument in "Self-Help in Hard Times"
by emphasizing poor populations' resilience and self-determination during crises. It will do this
by researching Dorothea Lange's Great Depression-era photographs, notably those depicting the
difficulties encountered by migrant workers and collaboration in wartime manufacturing.
Historical Context
With this backdrop in mind, reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is
essential for comprehending the social and economic difficulties that oppressed people in the
United States have experienced throughout time.
According to Zinn, the most vulnerable members of society suffered the most during the Great
Depression.
Primary Source Analysis:
Migrant Mother: the famed portrait by Dorothea Lange is a striking reminder of the challenges
that migrant laborers faced during the Great Depression

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Shipyard Worker, Circa 1943:
"Shipyard Worker, Circa 1943" exemplifies photographer Dorothy Lange's turn away from the
hardship of migrant laborers and toward the strength and camaraderie of American shipyard
workers during World War II.
Gunlock, Utah:
Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, renowned photographers who chronicled Mormon
settlements in Utah, provide a unique perspective on how resilient rural communities can be in
the face of social change.
Conclusion
In conclusion, Dorothea Lange's images present a nuanced depiction of the American people's
resilience in the face of the Great Depression and World War II.


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Introduction
Dorothea Lange's renowned images from the Great Depression reflect the American people's grit
and will. In "Self-Help in Hard Times," Howard Zinn investigates the issues that underprivileged
populations confront today.1 This paper will dispute Zinn's claim by scrutinizing Lange's images
and emphasizing the communities' resilience and agency. It will do this by concentrating on
images of migrant labor and wartime solidarity. This essay will counter Howard Zinn's argument
in "Self-Help in Hard Times" by emphasizing poor populations' resilience and self-determination
during crises.2 It will do this by researching Dorothea Lange's Great Depression-era photographs,
notably those depicting the difficulties encountered by migrant workers and collaboration in
wartime manufacturing.
Historical Context
With this backdrop in mind, reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" is
essential for comprehending the social and economic difficulties that oppressed people in the
United States have experienced throughout time. Zinn carefully investigates the fundamental
inequities embedded in American social and economic institutions to provide light on the
widespread discrimination and exploitation that minority populations face. Zinn emphasizes how
structural injustices intensified working-class agony and anguish, especially during the Great
Depression. Zinn challenges dominant historical narratives for excluding the viewpoints of
historically oppressed people by recounting the experiences of ordinary Americans.

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Zinn, Howard, and Matt Damon. A people's history of the United States.
Zinn, Howard, and Matt Damon. A people's history of the United States.

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According to Zinn, the most vulnerable members of society suffered the most during the Great
Depression. Zinn's study looks at these economic and social disparities from all sides, revealing
how corporate greed, government policies, and structural inequality contribute to perpetuating
structural injustice.3 He stresses the problems that workers face due to economic volatility, such
as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness. Zinn argues how the Great Depression exposed
the fundamental defects in the American capitalist system by placing it in a larger historical
framework of exploitation and class struggle.
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