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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1778

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Year
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1778
Abigail Adams
   Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, June 30, 1778**
Benjamin Franklin
   The Ephemera, an Emblem of Human Life**
Jupiter Hammon
   An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly [ sic], Ethiopian Poetess, in Boston, who came from Africa at eight years of age, and soon became acquainted with the gospel of Jesus Christ**
France formally recognizes the U.S. and declares war on England.

Captain James Cook killed in Hawaii.

British troops evacuate Philadelphia; American victory in Battle of Monmouth Court House (New Jersey).

British instigate first of several joint attacks with Native Americans against U.S. settlements, burning town of Cobleskill, New York (May 30).

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