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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1920

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Sherwood Anderson
   Poor White
Willa Cather
   Youth and the Bright Medusa (stories)
E.E. Cummings
   [Buffalo Bill's]**
Theodore Dreiser
   Hey Rub-a-Dub-Dub!
W.E.B. Du Bois
Alice Dunbar-Nelson
   I Sit and Sew**
F. Scott Fitzgerald
   May Day**
   This Side of Paradise
   Diamond Big as the Ritz**
Susan Glaspell
Angelina Grimké
Edgar Lee Masters
   Domesday Book
Claude McKay
   Harlem Shadows** image file
   I Shall Return** image file
   In Bondage** image file
   Spring in New Hampshire
   The Lynching** image file
Edna St. Vincent Millay
   A Few Figs from Thistles, Aria da Capo
John Dos Passos
   Three Soldiers
Ezra Pound
   Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (Life and Contacts)**
Lizette Woodworth Reese
Charles Reznikoff
Edwin Arlington Robinson
   Mr. Flood's Party**
Harriet Prescott Spofford
   The Elder's People
Edith Wharton
   The Age of Innocence
William Carlos Williams
   Kora in Hell: Improvisations
   Portrait of a Lady**
Anzia Yezierska
   Hungry Hearts

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Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution is ratified: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."

Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution takes effect.

Sharp postwar recession begins; agricultural prices plummet.

League of Women Voters founded to replace the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Women's Bureau established within the U.S. Department of Labor to oversee the rights of working women; Mary Anderson serves as its first director.

Due to anti-Japanese sentiments Japan stops issuing passports to ‘picture brides’
Warren G. Harding elected president.

 Red Scare commences after Attorney General proclaims presence of "Red Menace."

"Red raids" organized by Justice Department.

Strike by ten thousand Filipino and Japanese plantation workers.

Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti arrested in Massachusetts for murder and robbery (May 5).

A wagon filled with bombs explodes on Wall Street in New York City; thirty-three killed, over two hundred injured in act of terrorism (September 16).

Radio station KDKA, Pittsburgh, broadcasts election returns.

text file Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees hits fifty-four home runs in one season.

Twenty-one percent of all female wage earners over the age of eighteen are white.

text file Negro National Baseball League founded.

Ethelda Bleibtrey wins a gold medal at the Olympics, becoming the first American woman to do so.

audio fileHugh Selwyn Mauberley

audio fileCanto IV