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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1934

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Countee Cullen
   Scottsboro, Too, Is Worth Its Song** text file
Coverage of the Scottsboro
Boys' Trials TEXT file

Kenneth Fearing

F. Scott Fitzgerald
   Tender Is the Night

Alfred Hayes
   In a Coffee Pot**

Lillian Hellman
   The Children's Hour

Langston Hughes
   The Ways of White Folks

Zora Neale Hurston
   Johah's Gourd Vine

James Weldon Johnson
   Negro Americans, What Now?

Albert Maltz
   Peace on Earth

John Joseph Mathews (Osage)
   from Sundown

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   [Here lies, and none to mourn him but the sea]**
   The Return**
   Wine from These Grapes
Tillie Lerner Olsen
   I Want You Women Up North to Know**
Ezra Pound
   Make It New
Charles Reznikoff
   [About an excavation]**
   [Among the heaps of brick and plaster lies]**
   [In steel clouds]**
   After Rain**
   In Memoriam: 1933
   Jerusalem the Golden
   The English in Virginia, April 1607**

Edith Wharton
   A Backward Glance (memoir)

Richard Wright
   Between the World and Me**

Related Literary Events

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) was born.

Audre Lorde was born.

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) was born.

Sonia Sanchez was born.

Mary Austin died.

Other Literary Publications

- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

- Nathanael West, A Cool Million

- Caroline Gordon, Aleck Maury, Sportsman

- Alice James, The Diary of Alice James

- Tess Slesinger, The Unpossessed

- Robert Cantwell, Land of Plenty
- James Farrell, Studs Lonigan

Hattie Caraway becomes the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

"Indian New Deal" halts program of breaking up tribal councils and communal lands.

Democrats gain in midterm elections.

Taylor Grazing Act.

Civil Works Emergency Relief Act.

Civil Works Emergency Relief Act.

National Planning Board.

Nye committee investigations begin.

Mexican American agricultural workers begin to strike in the West.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) formed.

Elijah Muhammad becomes leader of the Nation of Islam.

Severe drought and dust storms in the Great Plains.

Strike by Filipino lettuce pickers in California’s Salinas Valley.

Tydings-McDuffie Act reduces Filipino immigration to a yearly allotment of fifty people and sets up guidelines for eventual Philippine independence.

Southern Tenant Farmers Union formed.

Textile workers strike across the U.S.

Successful strike by autoworkers at Auto-Lite in Toledo, Ohio.

Italian-Ethiopian War begins.

Nonaggression pact signed by Poland and Germany.

The Federal Housing Administration is founded; extends the federal government's role in subsidizing the housing industry.

John Dillinger killed by FBI gunmen.

Reverend Charles E. Coughlin, the "Radio Priest," organizes the National Union for Social Justice.

Ruth Benedict, Patterns of Culture.

image file  Aaron Douglas paints Aspects of Negro Life mural series.

image file  Life Under Jim Crow

audio fileCanto XLV

audio fileCanto XXXVI