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Learning Exercise

Material: Rutherford B. Hayes
Submitted by: William Paquette on Jun 17, 2009
Date Last Modified: Jun 17, 2009
Title: The Role of Gilded Age Authors
Description: William Dean Howells and Mark Twain were two of the Gilded Age authors of the greatest importance. Howells was related to President Hayes by marriage and Twain kept an active correspondence with Hayes. This assignment is designed to evaluate the role of authors in shaping the Gilded Age.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental Activity, Unsupervised
Time Required 4-6 hours.
Topics: United States History; Rutherford B. Hayes; Gilded Age; Mark Twain; William Dean Howells.
Course: United States History
Audience: College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, High School
Prerequisites Skills: None.
Learning Objectives: To evaluate the role of the literary figures in shaping the era known as the Gilded Age.
Technical Notes: None.
Text of Learning Exercise: Instructions: Click "go to material." Click "Research and Collections." Click " Hayes Historic Journal." Read the following articles: "Masters of American Realism" by William E. Grant, Spring 1987, Volume 6, # 3; "The Novelist as a Social Force in the 1880s" by Alma Payne, Spring 1980, Volume 3, # 1, 2; "William Dean Howells an other Early Biographers of Rutherford B. Hayes" by Alma Payne, Fall 1978, Volume II, # 2. Write a 5-7 page paper evaluating the role of Gilded Age authors on shaping how the history of the period is interpreted.
Assessment: 5-7 page paper.
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