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[Detail] An advertisement from The Minnesota guide. 1869

Local Color and Literature

A number of the books included in the collection provide examples of local color or regionalism. A selection from G. W. Featherstonhaugh's A Canoe Voyage up the Minnay Sotor is but one example of this genre. Compare this work with selections from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, keeping in mind the following questions:

  • What are the techniques used to create local color?
  • What are the effects of local color upon the reader?
  • Why might an author use local color?