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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1837

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1837
Ralph Waldo Emerson
   Concord Hymn**
   The American Scholar**

Angelina Grimké
 from Letters to Catherine Beecher
   Letter XI**
   Letter XII**

Nathaniel Hawthorne
 Letter
   To Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, June 4, 1837**

Washington Irving
   Adventures of Captain Bonneville

Related Literary Events
William Dean Howells was born.
Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women meets for the first time in New York City.

Smallpox and other fatal epidemics destroy Native American populations throughout Midwest, Northwest, and Alaska.

Economic depression sets in.

New York City "flour riots."

Michigan admitted to the Union.

Abolitionist editor Elijah Lovejoy is murdered by a mob in Alton, Illinois.

Panic of 1837: numerous bank failures throughout the United States, the price of cotton falls by almost 50 percent on the New Orleans market, number of unemployed swells.

text file  Massachusetts creates Board of Education; Horace Mann appointed as secretary.

text fileThis image was one of the most prevalent in abolitionist iconography. How does Douglass' assertion of his own manhood contrast with the visual assertion of manhood in this image?

Sarah Josepha Buell Hale edits the first volume of Godey's Lady's Book and begins publication of American Ladies' Magazine.

Grimké sisters set out on lecture tour of New England.

Magnetic telegraph invented.

text file  Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary opens.
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