This is a detailed PowerPoint that covers American literature from 1914 to 1945, including the historical backdrop of the literature. The information in this PowerPoint is based on information taken from the Norton Anthology of American Literature. Besides the background information, there is information regarding the core characteristics of modernism. All slides include pictures relevant to the information on that slide. Slides could be easily modified (deleting or adding information, changing the background color, etc.). This PowerPoint is an excellent way to prepare students for an American literature unit that covers modernism in American literature from 1914 to 1945. Feedback is appreciated. Thank you!