The Effect of Cultural and Historical Situations on American Literature

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Professor Brattoli ”American literature is almost always tied to historical and social events of the era in which it was written.”

There is a connection between literary works from different time periods. This connection is how history, current events and social events have impacted American Literature. Literary works and writing styles have been affected and influence by the world around us. This is seen in many of the works assigned for this class.

In order to see how cultural and historical situations affect literature throughout history, it is important to get a brief history on each era discussed in this paper. The first era we will be reviewing will be writings from
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It is easy to see that current events and issues of the world around them have had an impact on authors and what they have written from the stories in this time period. The Native American authors wrote stories describing life during and after white man came to America. The African American authors wrote stories describing life during and after slavery. All of these are issues that these authors lived through and experienced through the world around them. Even the fiction in this time period showed connections with events going on in the world. Maria Amparo Ruiz De Burton’s story “The Squatter and the Don,” written in the1880’s, is the story of a Spanish landowner who loses power over his land after the Mexican war and the Land Act. The Land Act was a federal law that prevented land to be bought on credit. The Land Act caused a lot of controversy in the 1800’s.

America went through great changes between the years 1914 and 1945. World War 1 and World War 2 were both fought during this time period. Another event occurring in this time period is The Great Migration. This was the movement of African Americans out of the south and into the industrialized north. This event caused racial violence and strain between the northern whites and the southern African Americans. The roaring 20’s brought out many social changes, experimentation, and freedom. Women wore shorter dresses, smoked in public,
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