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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1921

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1920
1922
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1921
Sherwood Anderson
†† The Triumph of the Egg
Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa; Sioux)
†† American Indian Stories

Willa Cather
†† Coming Aphrodite**

Alice Dunbar-Nelson
†† You! Inez!**

F. Scott Fitzgerald
†† Flappers and Philosophers

Susan Glaspell
†† Inheritors

Thomas Wentworth Higginson
†† Letter to Mrs. Higginson on Emily Dickinson**

Langston Hughes
†† The Negro Speaks of Rivers** text file audio file
The Negro Speaks Rivers Image file

Edgar Lee Masters
†† The Open Sea

Claude McKay
†† America** text file

Edna St. Vincent Millay
†† Spring**
†† Two Slatterns and a King, The Lamp and the Bell, Second April

Marianne Moore
†† England**
†† Poems
†† Poetry**
†† To a Chameleon**

Charles Reznikoff
†† [The shoemaker sat in the cellars dusk beside his bench]**
†† Aphrodite Vrania**
†† Uriel Accosta: A Play & A Fourth Group of Verse

Edwin Arlington Robinson
†† The Tree in Pamela's Garden**

William Carlos Williams
†† Sour Grapes
†† The Great Figure**

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Hisaye Yamamoto was born.

Harriet Prescott Spofford died.

Washington Naval Arms Conference begins.

Emergency Quota Act restricts annual immigration to 3 percent of the foreign-born population already residing in the U.S.

Recovery from recession; economic boom begins but agriculture remains depressed.

Sheppard-Towner Act.

National Womanís Party founded by Alice Paul.

Residents of Turlock, California drive out Japanese farmworkers.

A branch of the Caballeros Dimas Alang founded in San Francisco by Filipino Americans.

Filipino Americans establish a branch of the Legionarios del Trabajo in Honolulu.

William H. Taft is appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; becomes first person to lead two branches of U.S. government.

George Washington Carver presents his agricultural theories to Congress.

Alien land laws passed in Washington and Louisiana.

text fileSacco and Vanzetti Trial Information

text fileShuffle Along, all-black musical revue.

Louise Pound, Poetic Origins and the Ballad.

Georgianna R. Simpson (University of Chicago), Sadie Tanner Mossell (University of Pennsylvania), and Eva Dykes (Radcliffe College) earn their Ph.D. degrees; they are the first African American women to do so.

Miss America Pageant is established in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

American Birth Control League is organized.

image fileThe Negro Speaks Rivers

audio filePropriety

audio fileA Face

audio fileThe Fish
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