• Realistically depicts the urban environment.

  • Condemns the loss of traditional rural values.

  • Mourns the romantic promise that hard work automatically brings material and spiritual rewards.

  • Documents the unique scenery, ethnicity, and diverse occupations of Chicago and the surrounding areas.

History of the Chicago Literary Renaissance Movement

From Riots to Renaissance


Edgar Lee Masters

Harriet Monroe

Carl Sandburg

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