Blog Assignment #2: Getting Started> Searching for Sources

My topic does not have a specific time frame because unfortunately the suicides off of the Golden Gate Bridge are still occurring and have been thirty on average since 2007, but the bridge has seen many tragic endings since its opening seventy-five years ago.[1] However, I was lucky to have found several different sources from both the present and the past about these events.  It is my intention to give you information about both and then compare them to one another in hopes that maybe we can figure out a common factor behind the suicides and possibly help San Francisco to put a stop to them.  If nothing else, I hope that this blog will at least make you more aware of the lives happening around you and cause you to pay more attention to detail, as they play an enormous role in the suicides occurring on The Golden Gate Bridge.

My go-to search engine, Google was my first stop to finding some information on The Golden Gate Bridge suicides and surprisingly helped me find a few reliable sources about the suicide prevention organizations and the bridge railway foundation.  I also found a few stories of specific suicides and their backgrounds.  I gathered quite a bit of information in just three websites and feel very successful in my search, but I did not stop there.  I went on to search for my sources on the CSUEB library website and tried using some of their search engines.  Historical Abstracts was of no help, but luckily JSTOR saved the day giving me some sources that are a little more in the past so that I may be able to compare and contrast the suicides from the past twenty to thirty years with those of the present happening in the twenty-first century.

Some thing I learned while researching this topic was how much I just did not know about this bridge and attraction it has for a wide variety of people.  But I want to learn more.  I want to know why The Golden Gate Bridge?  Why the side facing the city?  Why now? Why at all?  Why?  These questions and more I have yet to find answers to.  Some I may never know for certain, but I plan on getting to the bottom of every single detail; analyzing each event so that I may better understand and know what some of these questions mean.

I think that I have a good start on acquiring my source information, but I do intend on continuing my search as the blog develops further throughout the course.  Unraveling these mysterious and heartbreaking events has become something that I feel I have to do.  I need to know what drives them and how it can be fixed.  Depression is real and it can only get better when people start caring and reaching out.  I hope that my blog does that for someone.

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Bibliography

Fussell, Jenna, and Maggie C. Louie. “Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County Suicide Statistics.” Bios. Vol. 79, No. 4 (2008): 171-178.

James, Vincent. “Golden Gate Bridge.” Photo. Allposters.com 16 Apr. 2013. <www.allposters.com>.

Kyvig, David E., and Myron A. Marty. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

Reisman, William. “Golden Gate Bridge suicides again top 30 deaths in 2012.” The Examiner. January 10, 2013. Accessed April 22, 2013. http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2013/01/golden-gate-bridge-suicides-again-top-30-2012#ixzz2RMIEqAdu

End Notes


[1] William, “Golden Gate Bridge suicides again top 30 deaths in 2012”

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Blog Assignment #1: Biography & Background> Here Goes Nothing

Hello and welcome friends and HY 3503 classmates to my blog!  My name is Danika Powell and I am a Secondary Education History major with the dreams of one day teaching my very own United States history course to bright eyed and obnoxious teenagers.  Somebody has to do it, right?  Anyway, I was born in the fantastic city of Hayward, California but unlike most of you I was raised in the Deep South.  A small town called Ozark, Alabama to be exact.  So although my mother was born and raised in the Bay Area and I, myself was born here; I know next to nothing about its history and I am anxious to learn anything and everything I can about this remarkable place I come from.

As you might imagine, deciding on a topic for this blog was not the easiest thing to do considering that I did not take California history in grade school, but eventually I decided on a very interesting topic that I think will excite as well as enlighten many of you.  I have chosen one of the world’s most famous landmarks for my topic and a place that every Bay Area resident holds close to their heart, the Golden Gate Bridge.  A lot of crazy and wonderful things happen on this bridge.  People get proposed to and get married here, protesters have been known to walk up and down with signs protesting the latest thing, joggers take their daily run here, people come to relax and see the amazing view, the maintenance on this bridge is extremely extensive, and millions of tourists travel for miles just to get a look of this stupendous site.  The point is that there are a lot of interesting things not only about the Golden Gate Bridge, but also things that relate to the bridge as well.

But I have decided to take a different spin on it then most would.  I am going to talk about the jumpers and how the Golden Gate Bridge is the number one suicide spot in the United States.  A little morbid I know, but like I said earlier somebody has to do it so it might as well be me.  However, let me make it known now that I do not have a depression problem and I am not planning on jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge; this blog is strictly for history research purposes.  Now even though this is something people do not openly talk about it is still widely known that the Golden Gate Bridge has attracted a lot of suicidal attention.  I like to think of it as the Bay Area’s dirty little secret, except for the fact that it is not much of a secret and more like something hush-hush.  It is important to know about these specifically terrible topics as well as the happy topics because it is a part of history and all history is worth knowing.  ““Let’s only talk about the good times” is a plea to ignore a significant portion of past reality that runs counter to the obligations and desires of responsible historians.”[1]

There is so much that history has to offer us, but we have to have an open mind to take it all in.  I cannot wait to explore this subject further and then share all of my discoveries with you all.  This is going to be one assignment that I look forward to doing each week!

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Bibliography

James, Vincent. “Golden Gate Bridge.” Photo. Allposters.com 16 Apr. 2013. <www.allposters.com>.

Kyvig, David E., and Myron A. Marty. Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010.

End Notes


[1] David E. Kyvig, and Myron A. Marty, Nearby History: Exploring the Past Around You