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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1857

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
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Emily Dickinson
   [Her Breast is fit for pearls,]**
   [Success is counted sweetest]**

Ralph Waldo Emerson
   Brahma**
   Days**

George Fitzhugh
   from Southern Thought

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
   Free Labor**
   Speech: On the Twenty-Fourth Anniversary of the American Anti-Slavery Society**
   The Colored People in America**
   The Slave Mother**
   The Tennessee Hero**

Herman Melville
   The Confidence Man

Frederick Law Olmsted
Contemporary Reviews of
Olmsted's Journey Through Texas
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John Rollin Ridge (Cherokee)
   Oppression of Digger Indians**

Catharine Maria Sedgwick
   Married or Single?

Other literary publications
- Hinton R. Helper, The Impending Crisis of the South

- Mary Seacole, Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands
Severe economic slump hits the U.S. after a decade of prosperity.

Baltimore–St. Louis rail service completed.

President Buchanan endorses the Lecompton constitution in Kansas.

Panic of 1857
Filling in of Boston’s Back Bay begins.

Arrival of missionary Augustus Loomis in San Francisco; sent to help Chinese Americans.

Dred Scott v. Sandford decision rules that Scott, a slave who had been freed previously by a jury, is not a citizen and has no standing in the Courts of the U.S.
A school for Chinese American children opens in San Francisco (in 1859, it is changed to an evening school).

image fileMid-Nineteenth Century Views of Industrialization
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