American Realism, Regionalism, and Naturalism


An illustration of Huckleberry Finn by Edward Winsor Kemble
An illustration of Huckleberry Finn by Edward Winsor Kemble



"Oh! Susanna" is a classic song written by Stephen Foster during this period. Performed by Wendell Hall and the Shannon Quartet in 1924.

Essential Questions

  • How did the Civil War impact American literature?
  • How did the influx of women writers impact the development of American literature?
  • How did the use of dialect and regional speech patterns affect American literature?
  • How did psychology and industrialization impact American literature?
  • How did the American dream evolve in this period?

Resources and Links

  • American Realism: Authors: A terrific compendium of literary terms and authors, including e-texts, study guides, and scholarly articles.