For Friday: Class, Family, Religion & Culture
Let us also look at the issue of Family in these 3 articles: Does any of these authors place much emphasis on the importance of Family to these three ethnic groups? Beck does mention that Russian-Jewish parents sacrificed greatly and encouraged their children to obtain as much education as possible. Villagran implies strong family connections through descriptions of parents and children coming to the library programs together. Does Anderson look at the issue of Family in her article?
Let us also look at the issue of Religion and Culture in these 3 articles: Beck almost beats us over the head with his claim that it was Culture that caused Russian-Jewish immigrants to come to the library. How does Beck tie Religion into Culture among Russian-Jewish immigrants? Does Anderson describe Religion or Culture as factors in the development and us of the 135th Street Branch Library during the Harlem Renaissance? Why or why not? For that matter, how does Villagran treat these issues, or does Villagran address Religion and Culture at all?
Also, do any of these authors place these ethnic group experiences into larger contexts of societal issues and trends of the times studies? Do they have to? Who are the intended audiences, and what are the purposes of their statements?
In addition, do all of these authors explain these methods thoroughly, and provide sufficient and credible evidence to support their claims?
Finally, how much of these ethnic groups' experiences was the result of concerted efforts by librarians, and how much was the result of library users influencing policy and practice?