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The world was drastically changing as the nineteenth century's classicism, romanticism, and regard for established order erupted into the twentieth century's hunger for an understanding of a world ravaged by atrocities of war facilitated by technological progress. Enlightenment ideals of science and reason needed to be recalibrated to fit a modern age that hardly resembled the world of the past two hundred years. This shift was particularly dramatic in America, a country barely a hundred years old. Take a look at TabStart's Evolution of Modernism in American Literature to understand how writers grappled with the new landscape of the twentieth century.