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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1856

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Year
Literary
Historical
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1856
Herman Melville
   The Piazza Tales
Harriet Beecher Stowe
   Dred
Walt Whitman
   Respondez!**
 from Children of Adam
   A Woman Waits for Me**

Related Literary Events
Lizette Woodworth Reese was born.
Booker T. Washington was born.
Caroline Lee Hentz died.

Other literary publications
- Frances Whitcher, The Widow Bedott Papers
The Methodist Episcopal church founds Wilberforce University.

Pennsylvania Railroad completes Chicago link.

Illinois Central completed between Chicago and Cairo, Illinois.

The "Sack of Lawrence."

While his fellow Congressmen watch, Charles Sumner is caned on floor of U.S. Senate.

James Buchanan is elected President.

John Brown slaughters proslavery settlers near Pottawatomie Creek, Kansas.

Booker T. Washington is born a slave in Virginia.

John Mercer Langdon elected Township clerk of Lorain County, Ohio; first African American to win a political election.

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