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Please kindly help me with the following questions. Thanks a lot! The three dominant figures of the period are William Dean Howells, Mark Twain, and Henry James. Together they brought to fulfillment native trends in the realistic portrayal of the landscape and social surfaces, brought to perfection the vernacular style, and explored and exploited the literary possibilities of the interior life. They recorded and made permanent the essential life of the eastern third of the continent as it was lived in the last half of 19th century on the vanishing frontier, in the village, the small town, or the turbulent metropolis. My questions: In this paragraph, 1. what's the meaning of "the eastern third of the continent"? 2. what does "the vanishing frontier" mean?
Feb 24, 2010 7:07 AM
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This all relates to US geography & history. 1) Please look at a map of the US. Divide it roughly into 3 equal sections going from left to right. The right most section is the Eastern third, basically from Chicago going east to the coast. 2) Vanishing frontier refers to the boundless western US. After the Louisiana Purchase, American were encouraged to move west and settle the land. The land seemed endless, untouched, and lawless. It was referred to as the frontier. However as more American moved west, settled down, built homes & roads, established laws and customs, the frontier started to disappear, hence "the vanishing frontier"
February 24, 2010
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