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Johnson, Claudia Durst 1938-

Overview
Works: 54 works in 239 publications in 2 languages and 25,323 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Study guides  Essays  Biography  Handbooks and manuals  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3562.E353, 813.54
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Most widely held works by Claudia Durst Johnson
Understanding To kill a mockingbird : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historic documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

10 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of such profound power that it has affected the lives of readers an left and indelible mark on American culture. This rich collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary captures the essence of the novel's impact, making it an ideal resource for students, teachers, and library media specialists. Drawing on multi-disciplinary sources, the casebook places the issues of race, censorship, stereotyping, and heroism into sharp perspective. Through these documents, the reader also gains a taste for the historical events which influenced the novel as well as the novel's relevance in today's world. Among the documents which speak most eloquently are testimony from the Scottsboro Case of the 1930s, memoirs and interviews with African Americans and whites who grew up in Alabama in the 1930s, and news stories on civil rights activities in Alabama in the 1950s. Most of the documents presented are available in no other printed form. Study questions, project ideas, and bibliographies are also included for ease of use in further examination of the issues raised by the novel. Thirteen historical photographs complement the text. Following a literary analysis of issues raised by the novel, the casebook opens with testimony and newspaper articles from the 1930s Alabama Scottsboro Case. The significant parallels of this case to the novel paint a social and historical background of the novel. Memoirs and interviews with African Americans and whites who grew up in Alabama in the 1930s further complete the historical landscape. Articles and news stories from the 1950s depict the increasingly tense, volatile environment in which the novel was written and published. Documents examine the stereotypes of the poor white, the African American, and the southern belle; and how the novel allows the reader to walk around in the shoes of those who have been stereotyped. More current articles examine the legal, literary, and ethical ramifications of the novel. These articles include a debate between lawyers over whether Atticus Finch was a hero, and discussion of attempts to censor the novel."--Publisher's description
Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and Chinese and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the time of its publication in 1884, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has generated heated controversy. One of the most frequently banned books in the history of literature, it raises issues of race relations, censorship, civil disobedience, and adolescent group psychology as relevant today as they were in the 1880s. This collection of historical documents, collateral readings, and commentary will promote interdisciplinary study of the novel and enrich the student's understanding of the issues raised. It captures the stormy character of the slave-holding frontier on the eve of war and highlights the legacy of those conflicts in contemporary society. This is an ideal companion for teacher use and student research in interdisciplinary, English, and American history courses
Understanding The crucible : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ideal for student research and class discussion, this interdisciplinary casebook provides a rich variety of primary historical documents and commentary on The Crucible within the context of two relevant historical periods; the Salem witch trials of 1692 and the "Red Scare" of the 1950s, when the play was written. The authors provide literary and dramatic analysis of the play, comprehensive historical background, relevant documents of the periods, and questions and projects to help students in their understanding of The Crucible and the issues it raises
Understanding the Odyssey : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historic documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Puts Homer's "Odyssey" into context for students, presenting commentary and primary documents on archaeology, mythology, and class issues of Homer's time, and includes government documents and newspaper articles, relating the work to modern events
The social impact of the novel : a reference guide by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains entries that provide information on two hundred novels written in or translated into English, each including publication data, discussion of historical context, an assessment of the public's reaction to the work and its influence, and a bibliographical citation. Arranged geographically
Youth gangs in literature by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Organized chronologically and topically, the volume begins with essay tracing the origins and developments of youth gangs, from the early days of the Wild West to immigration gangs in 19th- and 20th-century America and the modern urban conflicts often associated with race and socioeconomic disadvantages." "The examined fiction will be of special interest to students and educators, and includes works often found on assigned reading lists, such as The Chocolate War, The Outsiders, and Lord of the Flies. Popular works, such as Gangs of New York, provide an historical perspective on early immigrant gangs, while presenting timeless themes of identity struggles that resonate for young people everywhere."--Jacket
To kill a mockingbird : threatening boundaries by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 1,173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This text provides a critical study of To kill a mockingbird / by Harper Lee. This analysis draws on extensive research providing key insights into the novel's historical and biographical contexts; its place in American literature, and its critical reception. She then presents a five-part reading of Mockingbird, underscoring the novel's form and elucidating its pertinence for American society today. Special attention is paid to linking the novel's 1930s setting with the concomitant Scottsboro incident and connecting Mockingbird's writing in the 1950s with the concurrent events of the civil rights movement. An in-depth examination that pays tribute as it informs"--Website
Daily life in colonial New England by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 1,107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Life for the individuals who chose to come to New England during the Colonial Period was difficult. This reference resource explores the everyday details of colonial life in New England and exposes as myth much of what we might believe about this era, environment, and people. How exactly and why did their religious beliefs help structure their lives? What roles did women play in this society? How were people tried and punished for their crimes? Details of the lives of the Native Americans in New England during this era as well as Africans who had been brought to this location by the settlers are also provided. Readers can find thoroughly researched answers to these questions and others to help them learn exactly what everyday life was like for New Englanders during the Colonial Period."--Jacket
Victorian America by Daniel Walker Howe( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding The call of the wild : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,056 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story's historical setting, the Yukon Gold Rush, is brought vividly into focus for readers, with firsthand accounts of the unimaginable hardships faced by the prospectors in the Klondike and Alaskan Gold Fields."--Jacket
The productive tension of Hawthorne's art by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

11 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in English and held by 1,047 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding the Scarlet letter : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 892 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Upon its publication in 1850, The Scarlet Letter shocked the nation by boldly confronting 'forbidden' topics including the sexual misconduct of society's leaders, the plight of single mothers, and the separation of church and state. Ironically, the novel's moral and social themes, which at the time inspired such scandal, are now the source of its continued vitality since those very issues occupy America's conscience today. Now, no study of American history is complete without thorough examination of Nathaniel Hawthorne's timeless masterpiece. This multidisciplinary study of the novel contains: Original 17th-century documents that illuminate Puritan attitudes and bring the Salem witchcraft trials to life; 19th-century magazine and newspaper articles, private journals, historical reports, and sketches of Hawthorne's time; An examination of the novel's introductory essay, 'The Custom House, ' in which Hawthorne grapples with the role his ancestors played in persequting the Quakers and the Salem witeches, as well as his own internal conflict over his vocation as a fiction writer; Reviews of "The Scarlet Letter" at the time of publication which reflect the controversy ignited by the novel; Current news articles which display the novel's relevance to today's controversial issues. Most of the documents are available in no other printed form. Each section of this casebook contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussions, and lists of further reading for examining the issues raised by the novel."
Labor and workplace issues in literature by Claudia Durst Johnson( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The daily newspaper headlines revealing deaths, illnesses, and injuries in the workplace, along with the ongoing decline of workers' rights, make this book an especially timely volume. Included are chapters devoted to such widely read texts as Hard Times, Life in the Iron Mills, Bartleby the Scrivener, The Grapes of Wrath, and several others. Each chapter examines the historical background and plot of the work, the labor and workplace issues raised by the author, and the history of those issues since the text was published. Just a few of the issues raised are low wages, long hours, workplace d
Understanding Of mice and men, the red pony, and the pearl : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although works of fiction, John Steinbeck's novellas Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, and The Pearl are a window on the history of the times and places they portray. Learning about the historical, social, economic, and regional background of each novella is essential to a full understanding of it. This interdisciplinary collection of rich collateral materials features a variety of primary documents that shed light on each of these novellas - the pioneer days and life on the Western frontier, the early history of California, the gold rush, the plight of the migrant worker during the Great Depression, problems of the homeless and the hopeless, and oppression in Mexico in the early 20th century. Documents include memoirs of mountain men and pioneers, books of travel, sociological studies, a political treatise, a journal, reports of U.S. commissions, a comic memoir, and an interview with a Salvation Army general who worked with the downtrodden during the 1930s. Most of these materials are not available in printed form anywhere else. Each section of this casebook contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussions, and lists of further reading for examining the issues raised by the novellas
Class conflict in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The great Gatsby( Book )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents essays that examine class conflict and other related issues in "The Great Gatsby," discussing such topics as class snobbery and education, the universality of class divisions, and humor and class criticism
Racism in Maya Angelou's I know why the caged bird sings( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 609 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents essays that examine racism and other related issues in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," discussing such topics as race and gender, humor and folklore, and death and rebirth
American actress : perspective on the nineteenth century by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding The red badge of courage : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2003 in English and held by 477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Primary sources explain the historical setting of the novel
Understanding The grapes of wrath : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents by Claudia Durst Johnson( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When 'The Grapes of Wrath' was published in 1939, it had an explosive effect on the public, calling attention to the problems of migrant farm workers during the Great Depression. This casebook provides a rich source of primary materials on the period and the plight of the migrant farm worker that bring to life the problems Steinbeck immortalized in the novel. Included are interviews with eyewitnesses to the Dust Bowl, firsthand accounts and investigative reports of the causes and effects of the Great Depression, letters, diaries, and autobiographies of migrant farm workers in the 1930s, newspaper articles and editorials of the period, affidavits by union activists, and other unique materials, many of which have never before appeared in print. All these materials can be used in literature, American history, and interdisciplinary classes to enrich the study of this novel and its times. Each chapter is followed by study questions, topics for research papers and class discussion, and suggestions for further reading."
Issues of class in Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice( Book )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the class issues found in Jane Austen's Pride and prejudice
 
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Understanding The crucible : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents
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Understanding Adventures of Huckleberry Finn : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documentsUnderstanding The crucible : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documentsUnderstanding the Odyssey : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historic documentsThe social impact of the novel : a reference guideYouth gangs in literatureTo kill a mockingbird : threatening boundariesDaily life in colonial New EnglandUnderstanding The call of the wild : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents
Alternative Names
Durst Johnson, Claudia

Durst Johnson, Claudia 1938-

Johnson, Claudia

Johnson, Claudia 1938-

Johnson, Claudia D.

Johnson, Claudia D. 1938-

Johnson, Claudia D. (Claudia Durst), 1938-

Johnson, Claudia Durst

Johnson, Claudia Durst 1938-

Languages
English (142)

Chinese (1)