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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1890

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Kate Chopin
   At Fault
Marietta Holley (pseud. "Josiah Allen's Wife")
 from Samantha Among the Brethren
   Chapter XIX**

William Dean Howells
   A Hazard of New Fortunes
   The Shadow of a Dream

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Katherine Anne Porter was born.

Vallejo died.

Other literary publications
- Mrs. Octavia Rogers Albert, The House of Bondage; or, Charlotte Brooks and Other Slaves
National American Suffrage Association (NAWSA) founded.

Sherman Antitrust Act passed.

Ghost Dance movement spreads to the Black Hills.

Sherman Silver Purchase Act.

United Mine Workers of America founded.

The American Federation of Labor voices support for women's suffrage.

U.S. Postal Service prohibits mailing of Leo Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata.

The National Woman's Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association merge.

El Partido del Pueblo Unido (The United People's Party) founded by Félix Martinez, Jr.; first U.S. Hispanic third party.

Idaho and Wyoming admitted as forty-third and forty-fourth states (July).

McKinley tariff raises duties to an average of 50 percent on foreign goods to protect American industry (October).

Act Establishing Yosemite National Park (October 1).

Mississippi limits civil rights for blacks by writing an "understanding" clause into their new constitution (November 1).

Three hundred Sioux and Chief Sitting Bull are killed by U.S. Army in Ghost Dance Massacre at Wounded Knee (December).

Afro-American National League founded.

text file Virtual Tours of NYC's Tenement Museum

text file  Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives.

A selection of 115 of Emily Dickinson's poems are published by Boston publishing house Roberts Brothers.

The average age of marriage for women is twenty-two years while for men it is twenty-six years.

Poet Emily Pauline Johnson, performing under her native name Tehakionwake, begins her two-decade career performing poetry across the U.S.

text file   Census of 1890: U.S. Population at 62,948,000.

image file  Yosemite National Park, Mirror Lake, and Mt. Watkin (c. 1890).

text fileAct establishing Yosemite National Park.

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