Carr cautions that if the historian looks at his own period of history through the eyes of his own time, and studies the problems of the past as a key to those of the present, he will fall into a pragmatic view of the facts. He will maintain that the criterion of right interpretation is its own suitability to some present purpose (Carr, 1961, p. 31). A number of prejudices, assumptions, and beliefs contributed to not seeing the bigger picture. The wisdom of the time suggested that the Dust Bowl affected all of Oklahoma. Removing that assumption and looking at the facts, it shows that the affected area was the panhandle of Oklahoma.
A popular book written by John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, perpetuated the assumption it was the whole of Oklahoma. Turning of the book into a popular movie further perpetuated the conventional wisdom of the time. The book was a narrative written by an author, not a historia...
... middle of paper ...
... Steinbeck’s agenda may have been to advocate for government to “recreate an America of small farmers rooted in the land” (Davidson & Lytle, 2005, p. 314). He had failed to remind himself of the ideals he cherished too often applied only to White Americans.
The lesson learned supports Carr’s cautioning the historian to look objectively at the facts. He also defines history as “a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts, an unending dialogue between the present and the past” (Carr, 1961, p. 35). As seen in the Dust Bowl Odyssey, a reinterpretation of history occurred. Removing past assumptions and prejudices, allowed for an alternative perspective on the events that caused the movement of individuals. Statistical methods firmed up the facts. This continual process will encourage future historians may apply additional perspectives.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The following essay will discuss how the ideas in “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr, is expressed in the futuristic novel Feed, by M.T Anderson. The first of the many ideas conveyed in Carr’s article is that the brain is malleable like plastic. To explain, the professor of Neuroscience, James Olds, says that “nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones” (Carr 4). This means that the human brain changes the way it functions according to the information manipulated by neurons.... [tags: Nicholas Carr, Essay Analysis]
1328 words (3.8 pages)
- Viewing Super Bowl at one of the trendy restaurants in Manhattan is one of the most popular ways to celebrate Super Bowl in New York. Tender Restaurant is hosting a Super Bowl Party Live from 5pm of which it offers two admission packages for patrons to select from. The Kickoff for $30 per person includes admission, two complimentary beers or drinks, and access to food and drink specials with no guaranteed seating. The Touchdown Table for $50 per person includes admission, guaranteed seating, one appetizer platter per two guests, and two pitchers of beer per two guests.... [tags: Super Bowl, National Football League]
949 words (2.7 pages)
- History is something we live with everyday. It happens every second in every part of the world. It’s been happening for centuries. Even before man embark on writing it down. History is and every changing chain of events and fact that have been spread over time. But how do historians write history. How do they know what really happened at that time. How do they find the correct facts and put them in a book or compare them to the time they are studying. In Edward Hallatt Carr’s book, What is history.... [tags: essays research papers]
821 words (2.3 pages)
- The “Dust Bowl: The Southern Plains in the 1930s”, was written by Donald Worster, who admits wanted to write the book for selfish reasons, so that he would have a reason o visit the Southern Plains again. In the book he discusses the events of the “dirty thirties” in the Dust Bowl region and how it affected other areas in America. “Dust Bowl” was a term coined by a journalist and used to describe the area that was in the southern planes in the states of Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, between the years of 1931 and 1939.... [tags: Great Depression, Dust Bowl]
906 words (2.6 pages)
- This essay is about the birth of the Super Bowl and how it changed football and America forever. The Super bowl changed Football in a positive, permanent way. With the birth of the Super Bowl, I believe the sport started to become more and more popular because the winner of the Super Bowl would be the true champion instead of there being two champions (one in each of the two leagues). There was also much more money to be made with the birth of the Super Bowl because it would end up make the game more popular beyond belief which was another goal.... [tags: National Football League, Super Bowl]
1782 words (5.1 pages)
- In the essay (It is Immoral watching the Super Bowl) the author 's argument was very effective. Steve stated his point of views very clearly to the viewers to understand and the reasons football is immoral to watch. Almond 's reasons for writing this article is to persuade people on the immorality of football and the negative effect it has on a player, while playing or after they had played it. In this article, Almond also provided some basic facts and details about what football does to the human body.... [tags: American football, Super Bowl]
1336 words (3.8 pages)
- The 1930 's was a time of despair and devastation, leaving millions in ruins. America was at an all time low during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. The stock market had crashed and a severe drought turned into a disastrous storm. The 1930 's effected the nation and nobody knew the answer to the million dollar question, what caused Americas downfall. Historians have tried hard to solve the impossible puzzle and many have their theories, but the exact cause of the Dust Bowl continues to be unknown.... [tags: Dust Bowl, Great Plains, Sea surface temperature]
1530 words (4.4 pages)
- Not Backing Down or Not Getting Up This year the Super Bowl’s ads were particularly disappointing with a few exceptions. Doritos and Mountain Dew were well done due to comedic value, as always, if only slightly creepy. Aside from those commercials, I was disappointed in the Super Bowl ads, but there were two that caught my eye. Now while Shock Top did not use their actor’s full potential, and Budweiser left me wanting a more complete ad, these two ads were still highly successful and well executed.... [tags: Super Bowl, National Football League]
1613 words (4.6 pages)
- As the famous idiom states, “history repeats itself” and for the environmental history of the North American Planes this saying is especially true. The Dust Bowl while infamous was not the only drought to cause human misery on a massive scale. As Peter Coyote explained in the Great Plow Up, the Plains, (where the Dust Bowl later occurred) was the setting for a cycle of wet years of plenty and dry years of drought. Four decades before the dirty thirties, in the 1890s a lesser known (though no less horrible) drought occurred (Steinberg, 134).... [tags: Great Depression, Dust Bowl, Great Plains, 1930s]
810 words (2.3 pages)
- Edward Snowden’s actions are Justifiable because he shines light on what the government has been doing and he feels that the people have a right to know. This paper will contain what has been happening in the Snowden case and some reasons to why Snowden did what he did and why it was justifiable and how it did in a way enhance democracy in the United States. Snowden believed that by releasing this information he is doing the right thing, he also believed that people had a right to know that their privacy has been and was being breached.... [tags: Edward Snowden]
708 words (2 pages)