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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1917

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Djuna Barnes
†† Smoke**
Abraham Cahan
†† The Rise of David Levinsky
T.S. Eliot
†† Preludes**
Susan Glaspell
†† Trifles**
James Weldon Johnson
†† Fifty Years and Other Poems
Claude McKay
†† The Harlem Dancer** image file
Edna St. Vincent Millay
†† Renascence and Other Poems
Ezra Pound
The Cantos
†† I [And then went down to the ship]** audio file audio file
Upton Sinclair
†† King Coal
Edith Wharton
†† Summer
William Carlos Williams
†† Al Que Quiere!
†† The Young Housewife**

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Gwendolyn Brooks was born.
Robert Lowell, Jr. was born.

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- Grace Livingston Hill, The Witness
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Understood Betsy
NAACP march in New York City protests antiblack riot in East St. Louis and upsurge in lynchings.

Espionage Act passed.

U.S. government seizes control the nationís railroads.

War Industries Board, Committee on Public Information, and Food Administration created.

U.S. troops withdraw from Mexico.

New York State passes woman-suffrage referendum.

Germany resumes unrestricted U-boat warfare; U.S. breaks diplomatic relations.

Jones Act makes Puerto Ricans U.S. citizens.

Alien land law passed in Arizona.

Bolsheviks seize power in Russia; Russia leaves War.

Selective Service Act institutes conscription of men aged twenty to thirty.

Korean Christian Church established in Hawaii by Syngman Rhee.

Immigration Act requiring literacy test and excluding most Asian nationals passed over President Wilson's veto (February).

†U.S. declares war on Germany; enters World War I (April 6)
First American troops arrive in France (October).

text file†First Pulitzer Prizes awarded.

audio fileOver There.

After being suppressed, labor journal The Masses is renamed The Liberator.

audio fileRobert Frost reads "Mowing"

audio fileThe Tropics in New York

audio fileSt. Isaac's Church, Petrograd