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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1849

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1848
1850
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1849
Nathaniel Hawthorne
   The Scarlet Letter**
 Letter
   To H.W. Longfellow, June 5, 1849**

Frances Sargent Locke Osgood
   Alone**
   Little Children**
   The Wraith of the Rose**
   To a Slandered Poetess**

Edgar Allan Poe
   Eldorado**

Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
   Niagara**
   To a Shred of Linen**

Henry David Thoreau
   A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
   Resistance to Civil Government**

Related Literary Events
Sarah Orne Jewett was born.

Edgar Allan Poe died.

Other literary publications
- Francis Parkman, The Oregon Trail

- Jarena Lee, Religious Experience and Journal of Jarena Lee, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel
California seeks admission to the Union as a free state.

Second major cholera epidemic.

Jewish congregation established in San Francisco.

Astor Place theater riot leaves twenty dead.

Sugar production in Louisiana reaches its peak.

Period of high cotton prices begins.

California gold rush.

Elizabeth Blackwell becomes first female physician in the U.S.

Bureau of Indian Affairs is moved to the newly created Department of the Interior.

Harriet Tubman escapes slavery; begins working with Underground Railroad.

1849-1850
Edgar Allan Poe
  Annabel Lee**
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