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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1840

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1840
James Fenimore Cooper
   The Pathfinder

Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
from Two Years before the Mast and Twenty-Four Years After

Edgar Allan Poe
Sonnet Silence**
   The Man of the Crowd**

Songs of White Communities
Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie**

Related Literary Events
Constance Fenimore Woolson was born.

Hannah Webster Foster died.
The first antislavery party, the Liberty Party, organized.

Independent Treasury Act passed.

Government workers granted the ten-hour workday.

Lucretia Mott and other female delegates refused seats at the World Anti-Slavery Convention in London.

Cotton accounts for more than 50 percent of all U.S. export revenue for the first time.

William Henry Harrison is elected president.

Progressive reformer Dorothea Dix begins her tour of U.S. poor houses, jails, and mental institutions during the 1940s.

Transcendentalist journal, The Dial, published for the first time.

First Washington Temperance Society started.

Catherine Brewer becomes first U.S. female college graduate.

The Lowell Offering, a journal of writing by Lowell "mill girls," begins publication.
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