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Learning Exercise: The Role of Gilded Age Authors

The Role of Gilded Age Authors
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.
Course: United States History


Submitted by:
William Paquette
Date Last Modified:
June 17, 2009


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.



  • College General Ed
  • College Lower Division
  • College Upper Division
  • High School


United States History; Rutherford B. Hayes; Gilded Age; Mark Twain; William Dean Howells.



Learning Objectives

To evaluate the role of the literary figures in shaping the era known as the Gilded Age.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental Activity
  • Unsupervised


5-7 page paper.

Technical Notes