American Literature of the Progressive Era, 1900-1910

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  Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. 8-week course begins 9/16

This course will consider infrequently read authors from the Progressive Era. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair led directly to federal food safety standards. Edith Wharton crafted stories of uncommon delicacy. Jack London in The Call of the Wild produced a classic of man in a challenging environment. O. Henry composed popular stories with clever resolutions. Booker T. Washington compiled the writings of black intellectuals arguing passionately about the most effective path forward for slaves freed decades ago. Required Books: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle, ISBN 978-1503331860; Edith Wharton, The New York Stories of Edith Wharton, ISBN 978- 1590172483; Jack London, The Call of the Wild, ISBN 978-1950435937; O. Henry, The New York Stories of O. Henry, ISBN 978-0486833880; Booker T. Washington, ed., The Negro Problem, ISBN 978-1978357433. Note: All of the books are also available at Project Gutenberg or Google Books.

David Miller is a lifelong teacher and learner who taught history and literature in independent schools in five states and the District of Columbia. (Annie Miller is his research assistant.)

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