Step 2: Sources

Southend Reporter December 29, 1976 – This Southend Reporter article is a great example of how St. Vitus worked to help the local Pilsen community.

Notes PDF – This is a page of notes I took from the book Parish Boundaries which I intend to use as a source for a wider view of how Catholics react to neighborhood changes.

Summary of article:

Introduction – a fast-forward through history

  • “The Mistake” – OPA isn’t just a war agency, it defines the New Deal
  • Exploring the big picture – state intervention
  • Draw in – OPA mobilized consumers and gave them a sense of entitlement; producers did not like this

Background – OPA was created in 1941 with belief that gov’t can remedy economic and social ills

Body – divide into “eras”

  1. Leon Henderson
  2. General Max
  3. Hold the Line
  4. Women
  5. Becoming politicized
  6. Difficulties/conflicts
  7. Post-war dismantling

Conclusion/effects/why it matters


This paper did not have the typical “hourglass” structure I have been taught in previous courses. Instead, it began by giving almost a fast-forward version of what would be discussed in the paper to come. This introduction gives readers context for the remainder of the paper. Then, the body is made up of many individual papers which flow into each other. Each individual paper looks at the topic being discussed, in this situation the Office of Price Administration, from a different angle. These angles are then arranged in chronological order. The conclusion is relatively brief, only one paragraph, which ties the topic being discussed into why it matters today.

This article gave me an idea of how to approach the writing of my paper. I feel like it will be useful to write the introduction part of my paper to give my brain time to completely think through the idea in “fast-forward”. Then, I will break down my paper into sub-topics to make writing easier. I will most likely need to go back and re-write the introduction to encompass what was covered in the body. The conclusion ought to come naturally after finishing the body of the paper.