American Realism lasted from around when the Civil War began, and the late 1900s century, which is why my estimation ends in the 1950s.
Event 1: Lincoln's Election
On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the election of 1860. This was actually one of the reason the South left the USA to form the Confederacy. They really did not like Abraham Lincoln, someone who supported abolitionists, becoming their leader.
Event 2: The American Civil War
From 1861 to 1865 the Civil War was a war between the North and South parts of the USA... The Union and Confederacy, to be exact. It was a four-year war that struck people with the real tragedy of what war was, which sparked Realism to hit it big. Ending on April 9, 1865 in the Appomattox Courthouse, the Civil War was pretty brutal for the country and absolutely devastated the condition of the South.
American Realism was a the period of American Literature that expressed personal experiences, large audiences, and realistic fiction. The stories were more believable than the past. They were all focused on the pains that everyone goes through every day. That is what Realism was.
Literary Work 1: "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman was a major writer during Realism whose style was far from being that of traditional poets. He used rhymes that barely rhymed with each other, but still fit, and did not use the traditional layout. The poem "I Hear America Singing," is about various people singing their songs while working. The songs seem to represent their work, because they all have specific tunes you'd hear to that type of job. The poem seems to represent just America at work, and the individuals singing and their variety in personality. It's quite a beautiful thing to hear.
Literary Work 2: "The Soul selects her own Society" by Emily Dickinson
Dickinson's style was similar to Whitman because they both had a non traditional style and used some words that barely rhymed in the good way. "The Soul selects her own Society" feels that way, and it conveys Dickinson herself. It states that a soul selects her own society, then shuts the door to the rest. She chooses one thing, and leaves the rest outside for now. It's, as it is a poem, pretty poetic, and represents her seclusive personality and indoor life.