Read Across Lawrence: “Struggle and Resilence:Kansas During the Great Depression” at Watkins Museum


  • Categories: Literary
  • Event posted: March 25, 2011
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

It's so easy to focus on the politics of "To Kill a Mockingbird" that we often forget about the novel's backdrop: the Deep South at the height of the Great Depression. Scout, Dill, and Jem come of age in Depression-era Alabama, where class divisions and family quarrels highlight racial tensions.

In her presentation "Struggle and Resilience: Kansas during the Great Depression" at Watkins Museum, Wichita State University Archivist Lorraine Madway will evoke the setting of "To Kill a Mockingbird" via slides and music from the Great Depression. In addition to monetary misery, drought and dust storms plagued many Plains states during the 1930s. Still, life went on. Madway's presentation will examine the WPA Writers' Project in Kansas and other cultural projects and their efforts to capture the day-to-day lives of ordinary Kansans, intent on renewing the land and reclaiming their lives.

Located at Watkins Community Museum at 1047 Mass. St.


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