Using the characteristics of local color, explain why "The Revolt of Mother" should or should not be considered a local color story.

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There are many examples of local color used by author Mary Wilkins Freeman in her short story, "The Revolt of Mother." Local color, or regionalism, is defined as references within a story

... that focus(es) on specific features--including characters, dialects, customs, history, and topography--of a particular region.

The dialogue includes many colloquial and dialectic word usage, especially the use of dropping the "g" on "-ing" words, such as "diggin' " and "goin' ." Much of the characters' speech is deliberately "inarticulate":

... He ran his words together, and his speech was almost as inarticulate as a growl.
     But the woman understood; it was her most native tongue.

There are specific references to the farmland and countryside. The names of the characters--Sarah, Adoniram, Hiram, Samuel (Sammy)--are Biblical (and in some cases, very old-fashioned) in nature. There is a reference to the speaking ability of Daniel Webster; and to the Battle of Quebec and General James Wolfe's 

... storming of the Heights of Abraham. It took no more genius and audacity of bravery for Wolfe to cheer his wondering soldiers up those steep precipices...

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