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12. Migrant

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Unit Overview: Learning Objectives

After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
  1. understand the various expressions of migrant workers and the conditions they lived in and labored under;

  2. discuss the impact on American literature and culture of these writers' emphasis on natural geographical settings and distinctive regional and ethnic customs;

  3. discuss the importance of race, class, gender, culture, and socio-economic position in migrant workers' stories;

  4. discuss the cultural values and assumptions that inform the differing migrant struggles examined in this unit;

  5. understand the basic economic and environmental causes that led to a rise in the number of migrant and displaced workers in twentieth-century America;

  6. understand eco-literature and the influence of the environment and the land on writers, literature, and society in relation to the rise of industrialization and technology.

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