1850s - 1890s

Influenced by the events preceding and following the Civil War, literature from this period is less philosophical in nature than the romantic period and more cynical and questioning. This period reflects a concern for the everyday experiences of the common man.

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Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin

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Ambrose Bierce 

Stephen Crane 

Mary Chestnut

Frederick Douglas  

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

Stephen Foster (composer) & George Cooper (lyricist)   


Warren Lee Goss

Bret Harte

Stonewall Jackson

Robert E. Lee

Abraham Lincoln

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Randolp McKim


Sojourner Truth

Reverend Henry M. Turner

Mark Twain

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