By Philip R. Yannella
This ebook situates American literature from the nice melancholy to the current day in its historic context
- Explores the concerns that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present
- Draws on various files from journal and newspaper money owed to executive studies and demanding non-fiction
- The publication covers political ferment of the Thirties; post-World warfare II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic swap; juvenile delinquency, psychological disease and the belief of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration
- Designed to be appropriate with the key anthologies of literature from the period
- Equips scholars and basic readers with the mandatory ancient context had to comprehend the writings from this era and gives unique and worthwhile readings that exhibit how context contributes to meaning
- Includes a historic timeline, that includes key literary works, American presidents, and old events
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Then, in 1956, after hearing appeals of post-1951 Smith Act convictions, the Court, under the leadership of the recently appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren, overturned Smith Act convictions, ruling that mere verbal advocacy of revolution was indeed protected free speech. The Smith Act prosecutions were unconstitutional. But they were nonetheless devastating to the CPUSA because nearly its entire leadership spent years defending themselves in long, expensive, and enervating trials after which they served time in prison or awaited imprisonment.
The HUAC investigations, the Rosenberg case, and the Smith Act trials commanded a great deal of public attention. The investigations and other commotions caused by Senator Joseph McCarthy commanded even more. McCarthy had accused his opponent of Communist sympathies when he had first run for the US Senate in 1946 – in the 1946 elections, this was a standard Republican charge against Democrats – but his career as a prominent anti-Communist on the national stage only began a month after the conviction of Hiss on perjury charges and in the context of the Communist takeover of China.
William Faulkner’s amazingly productive period from 1929 to the early 1940s included several novels absorbed with the never-ending effects of slavery and the Civil War, family and kinship, race and social relationships. His major work of this period – The Sound and the Fury (1929), As I Lay Dying (1930), Sanctuary (1931), Light in August (1932), Absalom, Absalom! (1936), The Hamlet (1940), and Go Down, Moses (1942) – represented the southern present as a consequence of its past and its various historical themes as profoundly and complexly entangled.
American Literature in Context after 1929 by Philip R. Yannella