By Philip R. Yannella
This booklet situates American literature from the good melancholy to the current day in its ancient context
- Explores the matters that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present
- Draws on more than a few files from journal and newspaper bills to executive studies and critical non-fiction
- The publication covers political ferment of the Nineteen Thirties; post-World warfare II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic switch; juvenile delinquency, psychological affliction and the notion of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration
- Designed to be appropriate with the main anthologies of literature from the period
- Equips scholars and common readers with the mandatory historic context had to comprehend the writings from this era and gives unique and invaluable readings that reveal how context contributes to meaning
- Includes a historic timeline, that includes key literary works, American presidents, and ancient events
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To clarify for jurors what this meant, the prosecutors read aloud lengthy passages from books and pamphlets of Communist political theory and history. The 11 New York defendants in the first Smith Act trial were found guilty. Ten of them received five-year prison terms and $10,000 fines, one received a three-year prison term. More Smith Act trials of other CP leaders in other cities ensued, so that, ultimately, there were a total of 140 indictments and a total of 93 convictions. ” 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.
Bo Mason’s work life seeking the big break and the big money is laid out in extraordinary detail in the novel, as are the landscapes and local cultures. An even larger panoramic book written in the period was John Dos Passos’s brilliant trilogy USA, comprising The 42nd Parallel (1930), 1919 (1932), and The Big Money (1936). Dos Passos follows a group of representative characters through the first three decades of the twentieth century, juxtaposing their stories against tangles of news headlines, brief but uncannily accurate biographies of major cultural figures, and subthemes having to do with labor– management relations.
At the end of the story, Ab is killed while trying to commit another attack. ” Comments like that might cause some readers to think of Ab as a sort of proletarian hero, to use the language of the CPUSA. Those details, however, are balanced by others that make Ab seem meanminded, gratuitously destructive, and confused: his service in the Civil War motivated by his interest in accumulating booty; his war wound received when he was shot by one of his fellow Confederate The Depression and the Early 1940s 25 soldiers while stealing a horse; his naming of his youngest son for the Colonel under whom he served in the war, despite his hostility to authority and the upper class; his destruction of his “owner’s” valuable rug by first stomping horse manure deep into its fibers and then cleaning it with corrosive lye; and his blunt racism (shared by others in the story).
American Literature in Context after 1929 by Philip R. Yannella