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Investigate the Northern interest in the industrialization of the New South. Is William Marshall a "carpetbagger" ? Explain your answer.

How did the Antebellum South differ economically, socially, and politically from the South before the Civil War? In what ways do the characters in Hellman's play reflect these changes?

Does The Little Foxes conform to the conventions of the melodrama or the well-made play? In what ways does it conform to these archetypes and in what ways does it differ?

What were some of the differences in wage and labor conditions between the North and the South at the turn of the 20th century, and what led workers to form labor unions?

What were some of the factors that kept African Americans like Addie and Cal in subservient and essentially powerless positions twenty-five years after emancipation?

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