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By John T. Matthews

This state of the art spouse is a finished 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 best scholars
  • Allows readers to orient person works and authors of their central cultural and social contexts
  • Contributes to efforts to get better minority voices, comparable to these of African American novelists, and renowned subgenres, corresponding to detective fiction
  • Directs scholars to significant appropriate scholarship for additional inquiry
  • Suggests the various ways in which “modern”, “American” and “fiction” hold new meanings within the twenty-first century

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Eric Rauchway 5 imported, or at least induced to come, for the express purpose of reducing wages and making employers independent of their men . . have naturally been regarded with dislike and dread” (cited in Rauchway 2006: 69). Amid this dislike and dread, some Americans simply moved. One study finds that for every 10 immigrants that arrived in an American city, four residents left to find a home somewhere else in the country (Hatton and Williamson 1998: 168; see also Eldridge and Thomas 1964: 71–5 and Goodrich et al.

By 1929 the 123 million Americans owned 23 million cars, which meant that, at a tight fit, the whole country could go on the road at once. The growth of the automobile industry signified an increase of factory production, which meant an increasingly urban laboring class; it drew on glass, iron, steel, rubber, timber, and other industries. It drove the construction of roads and roadside attractions. It also indicated the increasing importance of consumer debt. Henry Ford’s motor company made it possible for more Americans to own cars, by building the standard Model T and reducing its price constantly, and were Ford’s the whole story of the car industry, credit would scarcely enter it.

Women’s activism in Progressive-Era public life often had roots in settlement work. As at Hull House, founded in Chicago by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr in 1889, women typically constituted the majority of residents. Social settlements, Jane Addams explained, provided opportunity for the educated woman to do something worthwhile with her training. They also enabled women with advanced degrees in the social sciences to assume prominent roles in scholarship and social reform. Cornell graduate Florence Kelley, first a Hull House resident, became Illinois’s first factory commissioner and subsequently general secretary of the National Consumers’ League (NCL), from which base she promoted protective laws for women workers relating to maximum hours, minimum wage, and night work; the Supreme Court endorsed maximum hours laws in Muller v.

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