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Literature of The Early 20th Century

Study Literature of The Early 20th Century using online video. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills .... simultaneously!

Use our 6 History through Literature of the Early 20th Century video titles to explore and identify the extreme right-and left-wing ideologies - fascism and communism - that divided the world between 1900 and 1950.

See how literature of the early 20th century reflected the history and the uncertainty and tragedy of the two world wars and the decades between them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the connections between historical events and the literary figures and works of the early 20th century.
  • Learn about the hope and belief in technology, progressive ideas, and science that people felt in the early 20th century, and the forces that led to World War 1.
  • Study examples and quotes from Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Joyce, showing how the literature of the 1920s reflected the moral uncertainty of society, the search for new human language and identity, and a growing sense of African cultural pride, activism, and nationalism.
  • Describe The Great Depression and World War 2, focusing on the work of Steinbeck, Wright and Hersey, ending with a look forward to the post-war years and the cold war.
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