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The Yellow Wallpaper Historical Context

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Historical Context

"The Yellow Wallpaper" was written and published in 1892. The last three decades of the nineteenth century comprised a period of growth, development, and expansion for the United States. Following the Civil War, which ended in 1865, the United States entered the era of Reconstruction, which lasted until 1877. There were many social and cultural changes during this period. Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species (1892) expounded his theory of evolution, and further incited controversy over women's roles and Issues. His theory of evolution flouted conventional wisdom, contending that women were actually the hardier and more necessary sex, the one able to preserve the species. Because women were mothers, they were vital to survival. Darwin's theory was used to promote both sides of what came to be known as the "Woman Question." Some scientists argued that because women were physiologically hardier, they were capable of being both mothers and professionals. Others contended...

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