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By John T. Matthews

ISBN-10: 0631206876

ISBN-13: 9780631206873

This state of the art significant other is a accomplished source for the examine of the fashionable American novel. released at a time whilst literary modernism is being completely reassessed, it displays present investigations into the origins and personality of the move as an entire.

  • Brings together 28 unique essays from top scholars
  • Allows readers to orient person works and authors of their imperative cultural and social contexts
  • Contributes to efforts to get well minority voices, equivalent to these of African American novelists, and well known subgenres, akin to detective fiction
  • Directs scholars to significant suitable scholarship for additional inquiry
  • Suggests the numerous ways in which “modern”, “American” and “fiction” hold new meanings within the twenty-first century

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On average, and allowing for the influence of other factors, American cities with rising numbers of immigrants began spending more of their tax dollars on public health. Explanations for this increase abounded at the time. Some observers, like Jane Addams, attributed a general increase of interest in social problems to the concerns of immigrant communities who themselves had to endure such problems. Others attributed it to the xenophobia of native-born Americans convinced that swarthier populations must carry disease.

Quarrels among its members aside, the postwar women’s movement faced a less friendly political climate: the progressive mood had grown conservative; moreover, enthusiasm for women’s causes was fading. Women’s organizations of the pre-World War I era persisted through the 1920s but activist women found new directions. Some former suffragists joined the new League of Women Voters, a training ground for civic involvement; others turned to party politics, a revived peace movement, or the campaign for birth control.

Levittown, a development of 17,500 identical homes, built by teams of workers at minimal cost, arose in Hempstead, Long Island; when Levittown’s sales office opened in 1949, prospective buyers stood in line for five days. In southern California, communities sprang up in the San Fernando Valley to house families of (male) aircraft and auto workers. Suburban growth catered to young families. In 1946 more marriages occurred than in any previous year; by 1950, the average marriage age for women had fallen to 20, and more women wed between 15 and 19 than in any other age group.

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