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By Philip R. Yannella

This publication situates American literature from the nice melancholy to the current day in its historic context

  • Explores the matters that engaged American writers from 1929 to the present
  • Draws on a variety of records from journal and newspaper debts to govt experiences and critical non-fiction
  • The booklet covers political ferment of the Thirties; post-World battle II anti-Communism; post-War affluence; suburbanization and demographic swap; juvenile delinquency, psychological disorder and the notion of the U.S. as a “sick” society; and post-1965 immigration
  • Designed to be suitable with the key anthologies of literature from the period
  • Equips scholars and common readers with the required historic context had to comprehend the writings from this era and offers unique and beneficial readings that exhibit how context contributes to meaning
  •  Includes a historic timeline, that includes key literary works, American presidents, and ancient events

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What also became clear was that McCarthy and Cohn were completely unrestrained: among other things, they aired unsubstantiated charges, bullied witnesses, brought in disgruntled former government employees to testify against their former bosses, and ended hearings abruptly when evidence which did not serve their ends was beginning to emerge. The tactics used against witnesses who were interviewed in private were even more severe, as became evident when the previously secret testimony of some 395 such witnesses was released by the Senate in 2003.

The Rosenbergs denied any involvement, maintaining that the whole matter resulted from nothing more than a family dispute. A codefendant, Morton Sobell, also denied his involvement. The Rosenbergs were found guilty, their appeals were denied, and – accompanied by a great deal of protest in the US and other countries – they were executed in June 1953. From the anti-Communist perspective, the Hiss case illustrated, among other things, that Communists served in government positions in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations, that institutions such as the Carnegie Endowment and the UN were associated with Communism, and that Communists were sometimes suave, urbane graduates of the nation’s best universities (Hiss had degrees from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Law).

Rational thought, logical analysis, and the rules of cause and effect rarely existed. There was virtually no influence of national events – the economy had always been and continued to be depressed – and there was certainly no discussion whatsoever about jobs and joblessness, labor unions, New Deal legislation, the historic destinies of the proletariat, the rise of fascism, and so forth. William Faulkner’s amazingly productive period from 1929 to the early 1940s included several novels absorbed with the never-ending effects of slavery and the Civil War, family and kinship, race and social relationships.

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