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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1839

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1839
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  The Rhodora**

Sarah Margaret Fuller
To [Sophia Ripley?]**

Caroline Kirkland
 from A New Home Who'll Follow?
   Chapter I**
   Chapter XLIII**
   Chapter XV**
   Chapter XVII**
   Chapter XXVII**
   Preface**
   Preface to the Fourth Edition**

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood
The Casket of Fate

Edgar Allan Poe
  The Fall of the House of Usher**

Related Literary Events
Elias Boudinot (Cherokee) died.

Other literary publications
- Theodore D. Weld (editor), American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses
First Opium War between China and the British Empire.

Amistad Mutiny.

The State of Mississippi grants married women control over their own property; similar laws enacted in Texas, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, California, and Wisconsin over the next decade.

Josephine Amelia Perkins goes on record as the first female horse thief in the U.S.

Final meeting of the Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women.

Depression deepens as the Bank of the United States fails.
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