A Jury of Her Peers Historical Context

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The era between 1914 and 1939 is sometimes referred to the modernist period of literary history.

During this time, the social climate of many Western countries began to change dramatically. In 1917 the United States entered World War 1. This international event strew many accepted social traditions into chaos. While the men were off fighting in the war and dying in greater numbers than ever before, women remained on the home front and increased independence was necessary for their survival. In order to support themselves and their families, mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters began to move into the work force and take charge of their family's well-being. Modernism in literature was a movement characterized by a rejection of traditional literary methods and values. Gone was the adherence to bourgeois values, and in its place was an often pessimistic sense of foreboding and questioning.

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