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1850-1900. American Realism. Civil War. Casualties, 1861-1865 Federal: 664,928 Confederate: 483,026 Battles destroyed farms and homes. Cities were raided and burned. Sherman’s March to the Sea. Civil War and Journalism.

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civil war
Civil War
  • Casualties, 1861-1865
    • Federal: 664,928
    • Confederate: 483,026
  • Battles destroyed farms and homes.
  • Cities were raided and burned.
    • Sherman’s March to the Sea
civil war and journalism
Civil War and Journalism
  • Journalistic accounts of the Civil War increased interest in realistic writing.
  • Increased use of photography also helped shape America’s taste for realistic depictions.
realism
Realism
  • Realism – prominent literary movement during the late 19thand early 20th century in America
  • The Realists:
    • were writers who sought to portray real life without filtering it through personal feelings, romanticism, or idealism
    • wanted to be as accurate as possible when depicting people, places, and things
characteristics of realism
Characteristics of Realism
  • Realistic writing is characterized by:
    • honest, believable characters
    • realistic dialogue
    • events in the story that seem possible in real life
    • characters that are driven by real motives and emotions
    • characters that don’t change without sufficient reason
    • objectivity
regionalism
Regionalism
  • Regionalism is a smaller movement within realism
  • Characteristics include:
    • using regional dialects
    • descriptions of a local area or region
    • local cultures and customs
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