A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900 - 1950 by John T. Matthews

By John T. Matthews

This state-of-the-art better half is a accomplished source for the examine of the trendy 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 a complete.

  • Brings together 28 unique essays from prime scholars
  • Allows readers to orient person works and authors of their crucial cultural and social contexts
  • Contributes to efforts to recuperate minority voices, resembling these of African American novelists, and well known subgenres, resembling detective fiction
  • Directs scholars to significant correct scholarship for extra inquiry
  • Suggests the various ways in which “modern”, “American” and “fiction” hold new meanings within the twenty-first century

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Both at home and abroad, the smooth continuation of economic affairs depended on this new tendency to borrow. If money significantly slowed its flow overseas before other countries had recovered from their injuries, an international crisis might ensue, as nations failed to repay debts. If American consumers significantly slowed their borrowing, a domestic crisis might ensue, as manufacturing firms depending on consumer credit to fuel their output slowed or even stopped. In the event, both crises occurred in relatively quick succession.

Among the million women in domestic service in 1900 – maids, laundresses, cooks, companions, waitresses, and nurses, whom the Census classified as domestic workers – 26 percent were native-born, 19 percent daughters of immigrants, 28 percent foreign-born, and 27 percent African-American. Women who had a choice spurned domestic service because of the lack of free time, drudgery, boredom, and especially the low status associated with it. ” Immigrants, such as young Scandinavian women in the Midwest, became domestic workers, as did, in the Far West, Mexican-American women, who also worked as canners and farm laborers.

The GI Bill of Rights, or Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (1944), provided returning veterans (98 percent men) with extensive benefits, including subsidies to continue their educations or learn new skills; about half, some six million, grasped the opportunity. The Veterans Administration also helped ex-service people buy homes, and home ownership – which reached about 45 percent of the population from 1890 to 1945 – began to climb. Throughout the postwar era, helped by highway construction and low-rate mortgages, suburbs mushroomed.

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