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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1855

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1854
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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1855
Herman Melville
   Benito Cereno**
 from The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids
   I. The Paradise of Bachelors**
   II. The Tartarus of Maids**

Seattle (Duwamish)
   Speech of Chief Seattle**
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Walt Whitman
 from Leaves of Grass (1855 edition)
Preface**
Song of Myself**
   The Sleepers**
The Hudon River School,
Romanticism, and
American Painting
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Related Literary Events
John Wannuaucon Quinney (Mahican) died.
Free Soil party members in Kansas outlaw slavery.

Start of "Bleeding Kansas" years.

Proslavery forces steal the election for a territorial legislature in Kansas.

Proslavery Kansans establish a government in Lecompton.

Free-soil government established in Topeka, Kansas.

New York opens its Castle Garden immigrant center.

Peru abolishes slavery.

American William Walker becomes dictator of Nicaragua with the support of local elites and American business interests.

First hospital for women established in New York.

The first U.S. woman to keep her maiden name after marriage is abolitionist Lucy Stone.
1855-1859
Washington Irving
   The Life of George Washington
1854
1856







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