Historical Context in The Outcasts of Poker Flat
“The Outcasts of Poker Flat” has been associated with the literary movement regional realism. Regional realism was largely situated in the United States, and concerned fictional stories set in real places. Poker Flats was a real town in Sierra County California during the gold rush years. While Harte’s depiction of this puritanical pioneer town is undoubtedly fictional, it was inspired by this real-life town in northern California.