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  • Transcendentalism 1840-1860  The transcendentalist believed in individualism, nature, correspondence, intuition, and social reform.  Around this time the Dred Scott vs. Sanford was happening along with, the compromise of 1850, the gold rush, the Oregon trail, and the annexation of California.  Some of the authors were: Ralph Waldo Emerson died April 27th 1882 born May 25 1803, Henry David Thoreau  died May 6th 1862 born July 12th 1817, Margaret Fuller died July 19th 1850 born May 23 1810, Amos Bronson Alcott died March 4th 1888 born November 29th 1799, Theodore Parker died May 10 1860 born August 24th 1810.  Some of the works: Self-reliance, Nature, Walden, Women in the Nineteeth Century, the pathfinder
  • Gothic Period 1840-1860 Gothic was mainly about hepless victims, a powerful victimizer, victimizer fascinates his victims, victim is imprisoned, atmoshere is mysterious.  Around this time the annexation of California, annexation of Texas, Dred Scott descion, 1860 election, the alamo.  Some of the authors were: Henry Wadsworth died March 24th 1882 born Feburary 27th 1807, Edgar Allen Poe, died October 7th 1849 born Jan 19th 1809, Nathaniel Hawthorne died May 19th 1864 born July 4th 1801, J. Sheridon died Feb 7th 1873 born Aug 20th 1814, H.P. died March 15th 1937 born August 20th 1890.  Some of the works: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Scarlet letter, Strange case of Dr. Jehyll and Mr. Hyde, The king in yellow.
  • Realism 1850-1900 Realism really looked at sociology an psychology, pragmatism, it was recent or contemporary, representation of real life, ordinary people, poor and middle class. Around that time was the emancipation proclamation, the civil war began, Abraham Lincoln is elected pres, uncle towns cabin published, fugitive slave law.  Some of the authors: Mark Twain born Nov 30th 1835 died April 21st 1910, Bret Harte born Aug 25th 1836 died May 5th 1902, Ambrose Bierce born June 24th 1842 died 1914, William Dean Howells born March 1st 1837 died May 11th 1920, Henry James April 15th 1843 Feb 28th 1916. Some of the books: Life in the iron-mills, The awakening, Uncle Remus Stories, Old Creole Days, The Goopherd Grapevine. 
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