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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1938

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William Faulkner
   Barn Burning**
   The Unvanquished

Ernest Hemingway
   The Fifth Column and the First Forty-nine Stories

Zora Neale Hurston
   Tell My Horse

Robinson Jeffers
   The Selected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers

Albert Maltz
   The Happiest Man on Earth**
   The Way Things Are

John Milton Oskison
   Tecumseh and His Times: The Story of a Great Indian

John Crowe Ransom
   The World's Body

Elizabeth Madox Roberts
   Black Is My Truelove's Hair

Muriel Rukeyser

John Steinbeck
   The Chrysanthemums**
   The Long Valley

Allen Tate
   The Fathers

Thomas S. Whitecloud (Chippewa)
   Blue Winds Dancing**

William Carlos Williams
   Collected Poems 1906-1938
   The Poor**

Richard Wright
   Uncle Tom's Children: Four Novellas
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Raymond Carver was born.

Michael S. Harper was born.

Lawson Inada was born.

Nicholasa Mohr was born.

Joyce Carol Oates was born.

Ishmael Reed was born.

Gertrude Bonnin (Zitkala-Sa; Sioux) died.

James Weldon Johnson died.

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U.S. protests Japanese violation of Open Door principle in China.

Strike by California cotton pickers.

Nazis occupy Austria.

Munich Pact gives Sudetenland to Hitler.

Kristallnacht, night of Nazi terror against German and Austrian Jews.

Fair Labor Standards Act.

Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938.

Republicans gain heavily in midterm elections.

Stanley Reed appointed to the Supreme Court.

American and British oil companies taken over by Mexican government.

Strike in pecan-shelling plants by Mexican American workers in San Antonio, Texas.

House Committee on Un-American Activities begins to investigate "subversives."

End of the "Roosevelt recession."

The Committee for Industrial Organization of the American Federation of Labor(AFL) leaves the AFL, becomes the Independent Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).

Final Moscow show trial.

Three-month strike by 150 Chinese women garment workers against the Chinese-owned National Dollar stores.

Peace movement on U.S. campuses ends.

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According to a poll conducted by Ladies' Home Journal, 79 percent of all American women are in favor of using contraceptives.

War of the Worlds broadcast on CBS radio.

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Carnegie Hall concert by Benny Goodman.

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