The historical context of the book is the 1930s Great Depression in the USA.
Here is President FD Roosevelt’s first inaugural speech, made March 4, 1933.
“In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunk to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; and the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone. More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.”
My Good news today is that we are all still in good health.
My bad news is that my brother’s family is ill in England.
What about you?
You can add your Good News/ Bad News stories here!
My Monday morning news:
Good News : It’s raining, so it’s a good day to stay inside and work! The rain reminds me of soft Welsh mountain moss, which I love. Also, I have three new books to read!
Bad News : My son is really sick with a cold. I have a LOT of work to do!
Your turn now!
How are you all? It’s a beautiful Sunday and all of the OIB teachers have been working hard to ensure you have things to keep you learning during the school closure. Lucky you!
I will put all of your homework on ProNote, of course! I’m even recording videos of the Journey to Jo-burg chapters, so that you can remember my voice!
You can comment on this blog at any time. Be kind!!!!
Don’t forget to check your ENT and ProNote – I will post your work for the week.
You can also ask your parents if you can watch a film in English – if you use subtitles, don’t forget they should be … ENGLISH!
The work you do can be sent by email, via the ENT or even using La Poste! You can handwrite and take a photo.
Please ask if you have any problems – don’t wait until the last minute!
I’m going to have a cup of tea and write your 2nd Trimester reports now… I’ll be kind!