What was the role of women in literature from 1865-1912?

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I assume you mean "American Literature" as the 1865-1912 period marks the very significant 'post Civil-War' period in America's history.

Keep in mind, historically, this is a time of great change in America for the two most prominent minorities: Black people and women.  Both groups were making great strides, both...

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I assume you mean "American Literature" as the 1865-1912 period marks the very significant 'post Civil-War' period in America's history.

Keep in mind, historically, this is a time of great change in America for the two most prominent minorities: Black people and women.  Both groups were making great strides, both socially and politically, to gain more representation, a voice, and ultimately, equality.  Therefore, the literature reflects as much.

Also, as more female authors emerged, a new "feminine voice" also emerged in American Literature.  In fiction, this meant a focus on family and lifestyle from a female perspective (think, Louisa May Alcott and Willa Cather).  In poetry, Emily Dickenson was prominent.  Then there were a handful of female journalists and non-fiction writers emerging for the first time.

Many of the women in literature at this time were speaking out for women's rights to vote and later for representation in government.

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