The 1890s were a time of financial struggles and economic depression. Ellis Island in the New York Harbor opens as the main east coast immigration center. More than 12 million would be processed on the island. The New York Stock Exchange collapses in 1893 and causes a 4 year drought. http://www.hhhistory.com/2015/08/what-happened-in-america-in-1890s.html?m=1
The 51st Congress of the United States passes the International Copyright Act of 1891, it was the first act that offered foreign copyright protection.
The 1890's was the time of economic depression and financial struggles, but it was also the time of hope.
The Battle of Wounded Knee occurred in this time, it was the last battle between United States troops and Indians.
Ellis Island, in New York Harbor, opened as the main east coast immigration center, bringing in thousands of immigrants.
The New York Stock Exchange collapsed, leading to the financial panic of 1893 (A 4 year period of depression).
The 1890s were a good and bad time. Basketball was born, and Mississippi conducting literacy test to limit black voters.
The rise of industrial America occurred in the late 19th century. Industrial expansion and population growth radically changed the face of the nation's cities. The large inlfux of immigrants led to a rapidly growing multiethnic and multicultural society. Mass transit systems were being built to meet the need for transportation of goods and for people rushing to big cities in search of jobs and opportunity.
The time period in which the book is set is important, as it would not hold the same cultural relevance if set in more modern times. While women's rights have advanced considerably today, the 1890s was a difficult time for all women. They were not seen as people, but rather as their husband's property. Women were typically not allowed to work, unless they were lower-class women. Upper-class women were expected to always stay home, and play the role of doting mother and wife. That's the reason why the book was so revolutionary- it gave voice to women's thoughts and desires in a time period where they were typically ignored, and had no agency. Chopin's novel set the tone for the oncoming women's rights and women's suffrage movement that would begin to strengthen in the 20th century.
In the 19th century, a woman's indentity was often tied to her role as a mother. The prevailing stereotypes of the time vehemently refused to acknowledge a distinction between being a good mother and being a woman whose main characteristic is her relationship with her child. As such, it was a preposterous notion to view a woman as being respectable unless she hovered over her children and relinquished all other sense of purpose. Furthermore, one must note the evolving divorce laws of the 1800s. Divorce rates had greatly increased since the 1870s because amendments to the Matrimonial Causes Act made it easier for women to divorce their husbands. Prior to this amendment, a woman had to prove that her husband was guilty of "not just adultery but also incest, bigamy, cruelty, or desertion." That's not to say it wasn't still difficult, though, as they had to have substantiated claims of cruelty and abuse for a divorce to be filed.
The 1890's were a struggle financially and economically. One being the panic of 1893. Concern for the state of the economy worsened, people rushed to withdraw their money from banks, and caused bank runs. The credit crunch rippled through the economy.
The 1890s marked the beginning of the Progressive Era, in which much social, political, and economic change occurred. Towards the beginning of the decade, the first international copyright law was passed. The states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah were added into the union during this decade. Also, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act was passed in 1890, being the first federal antitrust law, which was passed in an attempt to prohibit abusive monopolies such as the Standard Oil Trust, which controlled more than 90% of the oil marketing facilities in the U.S. In 1893, however, the Panic of 1893 began due to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad going bankrupt. It sent the country into a 4-year depression that gravely affected the country. Over 15,000 companies and 600 banks had to close, the unemployment rate almost reached 20%, which was the worse this country had seen, and due to the reduction in worker's wages, more than 750,000 participated in strikes.
The novel, set in the late 1890s, takes place in the wake of both the industrial revolution and the emerging feminist movement. This period was the commencement of an innovative era for America and also served as a period of social development for the country. The early 1890s saw the opening of Ellis island which paved the way for many migrants to gain entry into America, serving as a catalyst for the cultural diversification of the nation. Shortly thereafter, in November of 1993, women were granted the right to vote furthering the civil rights movement of marginalized groups. The commercial industry saw a similar expansion during this decade as inventions blossomed and industry expanded. In 1994 alone, Thomas Edison's first kinetoscope motion picture is held publicly and the first patent for the automobile was given. However, these advancement did not come without detractors. While this period held a wealth of potential for the developing America, it was often met with heavy opposition. Racial segregation was asserted in the Plessy v. Ferguson case in the United States. In the following years, the country saw a later uprising with Philippine citizens after not long after having terminated a territorial war with Spain. These events culminated into a period of conflict that contrasted with the revolutionary attitude that had emerged at the end of the century.
This literary piece took place around 1899. At this time, this was the beginning of the rise in feminist movement. This is hugely significant because the plot of this piece revolves around the oppression of women in society and the roles they were support to fill. Women were expected to obey their husbands, stay home to take care of the children, cook food for their family, etc. All these expectations were upheld at the time period of this novel, which resulted in the rise of the feminist movement.
Utah turns into the 45th United State on January fourth , 1896. To wind up a state it got to be important to revoke the Mormon church's advancement of polygamy and their political gathering the "People's Party".The principal Ellis Island Immigration Station was formally opened. That first day, three huge boats were holding up to arrive, and 700 foreigners went through Ellis Island. In the principal year, about 450,000 workers went through the Island. The first to be prepared was Annie Moore, a 15-year-old young lady from Cork, Ireland on January first 1892.
I have arrived to this forum late, therefore I feel like 1890's America has already been thoroughly explained. I will talk about the world setting instead. During the 1890's, various empires ruled the world. The British, French, German, and Austro-Hungarian empire dominated world politics, but the one that outshined the others were the British. They were in their greatest historical period, the Victorian era, named this due to the fact that Queen Victoria was the monarch of the time. The British, had one of the largest empires ever formed having over 20% of the worlds population and land mass under their dominion. They had the most advanced military forces on the planet, and had they had access to a vast amount of resources from every corner of the globe. They were at the peak of industrial power and technology, and they were the most prestegious nation to ever exist. Although this peak soon started to die off at the dawn of the 20th century, they were still a force to be reckoned with. Side note: Baseball was starting to become a national passtime in the U.S. Average U.S family size decreased dractically after the Civil War. High School started to come into its prime, and more and more were being built around the U.S. Women started to push for their sufferage rights.