Module: Making Sense of Life in the Central Valley

Individuals and families have come to and traveled California’s 450-mile long Central Valley for centuries to make a better living and life. Thousands of people from around the globe have settled or passed through this region for these reasons. Yet, most of us (students and instructors), know only a little about the cultures, experiences, struggles,

Working Class Culture in the Central Valley (Spring 2016)

Description: Dorothea Lange, the Great Depression’s most famous photographer, and her husband, Paul Taylor documented the plight of California’s dispossessed, culminating in 1939 in American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion.” The Common Ground Faculty Cohort will read Jan Goggan’s scholarly work on California’s developing New Deal narrative and discuss her take on this photographic expose of immigrant suffering

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