Lesson 1 (from The Good Life, Chapters One through Three)
The Good Life, Chapters One through Three
It is important that the reader remember that the decision by the Nearings to move into the rural area of Vermont is preceded by the collapse of the American financial system. The objective of this lesson is to examine the move to Vermont within the framework of the Depression and pre-war politics and how the Depression affected the Nearings decisions about their move, how they purchased land, and their "pay as you go" system of finances.
1. Class Discussion: Discuss the collapse of the American financial system and The Great Depression. How did the Nearings feel about borrowing money?
2. Group Discussion or Partner Work: Break into groups and discuss the following: Discuss the Nearing's "pay as you go" philosophy. How did this affect their decision to move to Vermont? Why did they not settle elsewhere? How much did finances...
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