American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929 / Edition 1

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American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929 is the perfect companion for readers who want to familiarize themselves with the historical events and literary movements that shaped American literature from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Great Depression.

Drawing on a range of documents from magazine and newspaper accounts to government reports and important nonfiction, Philip R. Yannella explores the subjects that engaged American writers during this pivotal period and situates major works within history.

Topics covered include Civil War memory, the virtual re-enslavement of African-Americans after Reconstruction, poverty and plenty, immigration and migration, social movements aimed at radically changing America, and post-World War I conservative triumphs.

Includes a historical timeline, featuring key literary works and historical events.

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Editorial Reviews

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“American Literature in Context to 1865 can be a key critical reading for various antebellum literature courses, as well as for other members of her targeted ‘widest possible audience’seeking to deepen their knowledge of various early American literary moments.”  (Oxford Journals Clippings, 4 May 2012)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405167802
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip R. Yannella is Professor of English and American Studies at Temple University. He has taught courses on the full range of American literature as well as on history, culture, class, and radicalism. His previous publications include The Other Carl Sandburg (1996).  

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Table of Contents

Timeline of Texts and Historical Events viii

Introduction 1

1 Civil War Memories 6

2 "A Serfdom of Poverty and Restricted Rights": Black Americans after Emancipation 16

3 Immigrants 33

4 Countrysides 54

5 The Poor and the Wealthy 68

6 To Change America 86

7 Culminations: From the US Entry into World War I to 1929 114

Index 138

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