13. From “Water Drops” to General Strikes: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Short Fiction and Social Change

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director3 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow4
  1. Andrew J. Furer1,2

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch13

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Furer, A. J. (2010) From “Water Drops” to General Strikes: Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Short Fiction and Social Change, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 4

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Connecticut, Harvard University, Emerson College, USA

  2. 2

    Fordham University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • From “Water Drops” to General Strikes - nineteenth- and early twentieth-century short fiction and social change;
  • Harper's, Century Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and Everybody's Magazine;
  • American short fiction between 1830 and 1920 - with issues central to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century reform movements;
  • One of best-known mid-nineteenth-century fiction writers - Harriet Beecher Stowe;
  • women investing in anti-slavery and abolitionism - Child and Grimk é sisters, seeing that black slaves and women had much in common;
  • radical emphasis on female autonomy and independence - era of the cult of true womanhood;
  • era's reform movements, trade unionism and pursuit of minorities' rights and anti-saloon league;
  • writers of Progressive Era anti-capitalist fiction - Hamlin Garland, whose Main-Traveled Roads;
  • Sui Sin Far (Edith Maude Eaton), first Asian American writer - publishing fiction in the US (“The Chinese Ishmael” [1899])

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading