Great Depression Modernism

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“The longest, deepest, and most pervasive depression lasted from 1929 to 1939, which was the Great Depression” (Encyclopedia.com). This time period led many people into great turmoil. Families were suffering to get by and did almost anything they could to survive. Money was very limited for the majority of people because of “the stock market crash of 1929 and the bank panics of the early 1930s causing the worst economic downturn in history” (Encyclopedia.com). The Great Depression had a huge impact on modern day literature. “It represented the time of despair and sorrow while emphasizing the horrible conditions one had to go through hoping for a better life. Many authors tried to teach a historical event while also instilling life lessons about hope and overcoming obstacles. A big input from authors was new styles of themes with incorporation of realism and modernism” (Linde) where they bring personal experiences to their audiences. The hopelessness during this period meant that people needed inspiration for new ways to deal with life and literature filled that opening whether people started writing or reading. One of the most critical points in history for the United States was the Great Depression because it made everyone desperate while leading to a huge market for American Literature. “After a decade in which the literary experiments of the Modernists -- Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot -- dominated the scene, a new wave of writers began to look to
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