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9. Social
Realism


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Theodore Dreiser - Selected Archive Items

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[5126] Lewis Wickes Hines, Rear View of Tenement, 134 1/2 Thompson St., New York City (1912),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, National Child Labor Committee Collection [LC-USZ62-93116].
Photograph of the back of a tenement housing-complex in New York City. Like writer Theodore Dreiser, photographer Lewis Wickes Hines documented social conditions in America at the beginning of the twentieth century.

[5967] Carl Van Vechten, Portrait of Theodore Dreiser (1933),
courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [LC-USZ62- 42486].
Writer Theodore Dreiser, late in life. A practitioner of American realism, Dreiser explored such themes as the lure of urban environments, the conflict between Old World parents and their Americanized children, and the hollowness of the American drive for material success.

[7110] H. C. White Co., Making Link Sausages--Machines Stuff 10 Ft. per Second (c. 1905),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-50217].
Photograph of Swift and Company's packing house in Chicago. Mechanization and urbanization encouraged some writers' nostalgia for the United States's agricultural past.

[8084] Jerome Myers, In Lower New York (1926),
courtesy of the Portland Art Museum, bequest of Winslow B. Ayers.
At the turn of the century, the Lower East Side of New York City was home to some of the nation's poorest people, the vast majority of whom were European immigrants struggling to eke out a living on America's "golden shores."




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