The Beast in the Jungle Historical Context

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If one agrees with Virginia Woolf's wry generalization that "in or about December 1910, human character changed," then one has to deem Henry James a man of America's bygone past, or, from the British point of view, "a Victorian" instead of "a Modern." His is the world which gave rise to our own. The years that bound the dates of his birth and death, 1843 and 1916, comprise an era of astounding movements and changes. James witnessed the abolitionist movement (Americans working for the end of slavery), industrialization (the era when John D. Rockefeller, John Pierpont Morgan, and Cornelius Vanderbilt built their fortunes), massive immigrant influxes into America, urbanization (the growth of cities), workers' rights movements, women's rights movements (the feminist movements and the suffragettes), and the pinnacle of European and American imperialism and colonialism. The American Civil War, which also occurred during this time period (when James...

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