After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
explain the distinguishing characteristics of literary realism;
describe the social and economic conditions in turn-of-the-century America that gave rise to social realism;
explain the difference between psychological and social realism;
discuss the political debates and reforms engendered by and reflected in social realist literature.
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