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Lauren Hall ENGL2248 4/21/13 Intro. Journal #6 (pg.553-579) “Later-Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature” from The Norton Anthropology of Literature by Women: The Traditions in English, Volume 2 discusses many interesting points and changes that occurred the latter portion of the twentieth century including the introduction of contemporary literature. During this time period, people saw a lot of commotion and tragic things happen around the world. World War II was going on, the Holocaust occurred, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. All of these negative things impacted America by great measures. The stock market crash, followed by the Great Depression also occurred. Author John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (1939) and Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties (1974) were two great literary pieces that described life and how terrible it was during the 1930’s (554). More literary works were published too about how they doubted the efficacy of the government and about the skepticism of capitalism. No one believed the government was doing anything helpful or right, some believed they were doing harm to the country. It became so bad that in cities all over the country and even the world, riots, strikes, demonstrations, and marches were occurring. This time period was definitely one of hardship, distrust, skepticism, and gloom.

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