Local Color – The term literary historians use to label the many stories written in the last third of the 19th century set in small-town, or rustic, or exotic parts of the nation. Magazines were dominated by "local color fictions" by such writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary E. W. Freeman and Sarah Orne Jewett (New England villages), Mary N. Murfree (the Tennessee mountains), and so on. For a decade before she wrote The Awakening, Kate Chopin wrote popular short stories in this mode, about the Creoles of Louisiana.