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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1935

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African American Folktales
John and Old Marster
   Massa and the Bear** image file image file
   Ole Massa and John Who Wanted to Go to Heaven** image file image file

Willa Cather
   Lucy Gayheart

Countee Cullen
   The Medea

E.E. Cummings
   no thanks

W.E.B. Du Bois
   Black Reconstruction

William Faulkner

Kenneth Fearing

F. Scott Fitzgerald
   Taps at Reveille

Ellen Glasgow
   Vein of Iron

Ernest Hemingway
   Green Hills of Africa

Langston Hughes
   Air Raid over Harlem** text file
   Big Meeting** text file

Zora Neale Hurston
   Mules and Men

Robinson Jeffers
   Rock and Hawk**

James Weldon Johnson
   St. Peter Relates an Incident: Selected Poems

Meridel LeSueur

Albert Maltz
   Black Pit

Marianne Moore
   Selected Poems

Native American Oral Poetry
 A Selection of Poems
   War Song (Crow)**

Clifford Odets
   Six Plays of Cilfford Odets
   Waiting for Lefty**

John Milton Oskison
   Brothers Three

Lola Ridge
   Stone Face**

Elizabeth Madox Roberts
   He Sent Forth a Raven

Edwin Rolfe
   Season of Death**

Muriel Rukeyser
   Theory of Flight

Gertrude Stein
   from The Geographical History of America

John Steinbeck
   Tortilla Flat

Wallace Stevens
   Ideas of Order

Robert Penn Warren
   Thirty-Six Poems

Related Literary Events

Tomás Rivera was born.

Alice Dunbar-Nelson died.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman died.

Lizette Woodworth Reese died.

Edwin Arlington Robinson died.

Other Literary Publications

- Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here

- Walter Millis, The Road to War: America, 1914–1917

- Mari Sandoz, Old Jules

- Haruto Ishimoto, Facing Two Ways: The Story of My Life

- Thomas Wolfe, Of Time and The River

- James Farrell, Judgement Day

Supreme Court declares National Recovery Administration unconstitutional.

Rural Electrification Administration (REA).

Resettlement Administration.

NAACP campaign for federal antilynching law.

National Youth Administration.

Emergency Relief Appropriation Act.

Nazi anti-Semitic laws in Germany.

Harlem ghetto riot.

Supreme Court reverses conviction of the "Scottsboro Boys."

Banking Act.

Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Women account for less than 20 percent of all WPA workers; black women comprise a mere 3 percent.

The Social Security Act is passed; signed into law by President Roosevelt.

The National Labor Relations Act guarantees labor's right to organize and engage in collective bargaining.

Soft coal miners strike across the country.

Strike by midwestern milk farmers.

Public Utilities Holding Company Act.

Wagner Act.

Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) begins.

First Neutrality Act passed (replaced by other acts in 1936, 1937 and 1939).

Era of the Popular Front begins.

Show trials begin in Moscow.

Italian-Ethiopian War ends.

Organization of Teamsters Union in Minneapolis.

General strike begins in San Francisco after "Bloody Thursday."

Senator Huey Long of Louisiana, who led the popular Share Our Wealth movement and was considered a strong presidential possibility for 1936, is assassinated (September 8).

Boulder Dam dedicated (officially renamed Hoover Dam in 1947) (September 30).

audio file  George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess.

Start of the peace movement that sweeps U.S. campuses.

Pearl Buck receives the Nobel Prize for Literature; the first American woman to be so honored.

National Council of Negro Women founded.

text file  American Artists Congress and American Writers Congress meet for first time in New York.

text file  Frank Lloyd Wright designs Fallingwater house in Pennsylvania.