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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
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Olaudah Equiano
 The Interesting Narrative of the Life Of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself
from Chapter 1 text file
   Chapter 2** text file
   from Chapter 3 text file
   from Chapter 7 text file
      from Chapter 10 text file
Portraits of Olaudah
Equiano
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Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson
   On a Beautiful Damask Rose, Emblematical of Love and Wedlock**
   On the Mind's Being Engrossed by One Subject**
   Upon the Discovery of the Planet by Mr. Herchel Bath…**
Annis Boudinot Stockton
   The Vision, an Ode to Washington**

Related Literary Events
James Fenimore Cooper was born.
Catharine Maria Sedgwick was born.
Francisco Palou died.
First Congress convenes in New York.

Judiciary Act of 1789.

George Washington becomes first president of the U.S. (April 30).

French Revolution begins with the fall of the Bastille, witnessed by Ambassador Thomas Jefferson (July 14).

Congress and President Washington proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving (November 26).

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