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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1880

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1880
Henry Adams
   Democracy: An American Novel (anon)

George Washington Cable
   The Grandissimes

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
   A Tramp Abroad

Joel Chandler Harris
 from Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings
   Chapter IV: "How Mr. Rabbit Was Too Sharp for Mr. Fox"**
   Chapter II: "The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story"**
"Song of the South" - Disney's
contoversial adaptation of
Uncle Remus
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Sarah M. B. Piatt
   Dramatic Persons and Moods with Other New Poems
   His Mother's Way**

Walt Whitman
 from By the Roadside
   The Dalliance of the Eagles**

Constance Fenimore Woolson
   Miss Grief
   Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches

Related Literary Events
H.L. Mencken was born.

Lydia Maria Child died.

Other literary publications
- Lucretia Peabody Hale, The Peterkin Papers
James A. Garfield elected president.

William Booth’s followers establish an American branch of the Salvation Army.

National Farmers Alliance formed.

Section 69 of California's Civil Code forbids the issuing of marriage licenses between "Mongolians, Negroes, mulattoes and persons of mixed blood" and whites.

U.S. and China sign treaty that gives U.S. the right to limit but "not absolutely prohibit" Chinese immigration (November 17).

Two and a half million American women are wage-earners.

Life expectancy is thirty-three years for rural black men and women.

Cigarette-rolling machine invented; mass production of cigarettes begins.

text file  George Eastman patents a flexible film roll for cameras.

Two hundred and forty-three Native Americans remain in the U.S.; most are on reservations.

text file  Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

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