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Realism: 1850s- 1900s


Influenced by the events preceding and following the Civil War, literature from this period is less philosophical in nature than the romantic period and more cynical and questioning. This period reflects a concern for the everyday experiences of the common man.


We will read and explore one or more of the literary works by the featured author for this period:

Kate Chopin


 

 

 Kate Chopin 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections

 

Kate Chopin- biographical information from the Kate Chopin International Society.

The 1900 House -  learn about life for women at the turn of the century. This is a companion piece to the PBS program The 1900 House. We'll be watching excerpts from this.

School House Rock's "Sufferin' Till Suffrage" - check out the lyrics to this great song about the 19th Amendment. Go to this link for more Schoolhouse Rock. 

The Gentleman's Page - is from the Lively Arts History Association and offers a glimpse into the lives of upper class nineteenth century men.

The Victorian Emporium - a website dedicated to 19th Century Lifestyles where you can learn all about the customs and culture of 19th century life. Parlour game anyone?

Living the Legacy: The Women's Rights Movement 1848 - 1998 - a great site with a wealth of information about Women's rights spanning 150 years.

Scroll down to discover a link to Chopin's novel: The Awakening.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: "The Story of an Hour" -p. 642

 


We may also explore one or more of the following works...  

 

The Awakening

by

Kate Chopin

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by

Mark Twain

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Even more to explore...


 

Ambrose Bierce

 

 

 

 

 

 Links to Connections

Ambrose Bierce - from the Keele University School of Humanities: American Studies

 

Ambrose Bierce- from the University of California/Berkeley

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” -p. 518

 

 


Stephen Crane

 Links to Connections

 Stephen Crane- interesting information about Crane from Biography.com.

Stephen Crane- links to some of Crane's works as well as biographical information from the Poetry Foundation.

The American Novel: Stephen Crane- interesting information about Crane from PBS.

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: "An Episode of War" -p. 486

 


  

Mary Chesnut

 

 

 

 Links to Connections  

 Documenting the American South: A Diary from Dixie, as Written by Mary Boykin Chesnut- comprehensive resource from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Diary: "Mary Chesnut’s Civil War" -p. 550

 


 

Frederick Douglass

 

 

 Links to Connections

Africans in America Resource Bank: Frederick Douglass- an interesting site from PBS

The Frederick Douglass Papers - from the American Memory section of the Library of Congress online.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Autobiography: "My Bondage and My Freedom" -p. 506

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Paul Lawrence Dunbar

 Links to Connections

Paul Lawrence Dunbar- interesting site from the University of Dayton

Paul Lawrence Dunbar- biographical information as well as links to some of his works, from the Academy of American Poets.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Poem: "Douglass" -p. 652
  • Poem: “We Wear the Mask” -p. 654 

 


Stephen Foster (composer)  & George Cooper (lyricist)

 Links to Connections

 Stephen Collins Foster- interesting biographical information from the University of Pittsburgh

I Hear America Singing: Stephen Collins Foster- interesting information from PBS

  

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Song: "Willie Has Gone to the War" -p. 491

 


Warren Lee Goss

 Links to Connections

The Soldier's Story by Warren Lee Goss-  from the PDF Library, read excerpts from Goss's experiences as a prisoner of war during our Civil War. 

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpts from Journal: "Recollections of a Private" -p. 554 

 


Bret Harte

 Links to Connections

 Bret Harte- from the University of Washington, biographical information and links to e-texts. 

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Short Story: “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” -p. 592

Stonewall Jackson

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Letter: "An Account of the Battle of Bull Run" -p. 558

 

Robert E. Lee

 Links to Connections

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial- this National Park Service site will let you explore the memorial and learn more about Lee.

 

 Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Letter: "Letter to His Son" -p. 535

 


 

 

Abraham Lincoln

 Links to Connections

 The White House: Abraham Lincoln- interesting biographical information

The Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Speech: "The Gettysburg Address" -p. 532
  • Speech: “Second Inaugural Address” –p. 533
  • Public Document: “Emancipation Proclamation” –p. 541

 

Audio Book/MP3 

The Gettysburg Address is available as "literature for your eyes and ears" through LoudLit.org!


 

 

Randolph McKim

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Excerpt from Diary: "A Confederate Account of the Battle of Gettysburg" -p. 556

 


 

Spiritual

 Links to Connections 

The American Experience: Jubilee Singers- great resource from PBS

Negro Spirituals-  an interesting site with lots of information about the history of early gospel songs.

Traditional Slave Spirituals- interesting resource from Lewis and Clark College.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Traditional: "Go Down, Moses" -p. 500
  • Traditional: "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" -p. 498

 


 

Sojourner Truth

 Links to Connections

Sojourner Truth Institute - sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council

 

A Narrative of Sojourner Truth, A Northern Slave- full etext from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources:

  • Letter: "An Account of an Experience with Discrimination" -p. 561

 


Rev. Henry M. Turner

 

 Links to Connections

Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience - Selected Textbook Resources: Nonfiction:

  • "Reaction to the Emancipation Proclamation" - p. 559 

 


Overall "Text to World" & "Text to Text" Connections for this Literary Period

American Masters: The American Novel Literary Timeline- a great site from PBS, this link offers lots of information on the various movements, periods, novels and authors of American literature.

 

American Memory Timeline - from the Learning Page at The Library of Congress, this link will help you connect American history to American literature.