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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1859

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1859
Alice Cary
   Pictures of Country Life
Emily Dickinson
   [These are the days when Birds come back]**

Fanny Fern (Sara Willis Parton)
   Independence**

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
   The Two Offers**

Harriet Beecher Stowe
 from The Minister's Wooing
   XXIII: "Views of Divine Government"**

Walt Whitman
 from Sea-Drift
   Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking**

Harriet E. Wilson
 from Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
   Chapter IV: "A Friend for Nig"**
   Chapter X: "Perplexities--Another Death"**
   Chapter XII: "The Winding Up of the Matter"**

Related Literary Events
Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins was born.

Washington Irving died.
Oregon admitted to the Union.

Last U.S. slave ship lands in Alabama.

First oil well drilled in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

The sale of free blacks picked up as "vagrants" is allowed by the Georgia Legislature.

Georgia law forbids slaveowners from freeing slaves in their wills.

John Brown leads raid on Harper's Ferry (October 16).

John Brown and four black coconspirators are executed in Charles Town, Virginia (December).

audio file  Dixie by Daniel Emmett.

The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A), the first "chain store," is established.

San Francisco public schools exclude Chinese-American children.

First publication of Anglo-African Magazine.

E.D.E.N. (Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte) Southworth, The Hidden Hand.

Charles Darwin, On the Origin of the Species.

Philadelphia annexes five surrounding suburbs.

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