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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1939

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Sterling A. Brown
   Remembering Nat Turner** text file

William Faulkner
   The Wild Palms

Lillian Hellman
   The Little Foxes

Zora Neale Hurston
   Moses: Man of the Mountain

Edgar Lee Masters
   More People

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   [His stalk the dark delphinium]**

Native American Oral Poetry
A Selection of Poems
   A Dream Song (Annie Long Tom, Clayoquot)**
   Song of Repulse to a Vain Lover (To'ak, Makah)**
   War Song (Young Doctor, Makah)**

Katherine Anne Porter
   The Old Order

Saunders Redding
   To Make a Poet Black

John Steinbeck
from  The Grapes of Wrath
   Chapter One** image file
   Chapter Five**
The Grapes of Wrath, a film FILM file

Genevieve Taggard
   To the Negro People**

Robert Penn Warren
   Night Rider

Related Literary Events

Toni Cade Bambara was born.

Charles Alexander Eastman (Sioux) died.

Other Literary Publications

- Thomas Wolfe, The Web and The Rock

- Josephine Herbst, Rope of Gold

San Francisco labor radical Tom Mooney pardoned by President Roosevelt after serving twenty-three years for the bombing of the 1916 Preparedness Parade.

End of the Era of the Popular Front.

Spanish Civil War ends.

Hatch Act.

Felix Frankfurter and William O. Douglas appointed to the Supreme Court.

Nazis invade Czechoslovakia.

Nazi-Soviet Pact.

President Roosevelt submits $1.3 billion military budget.

President Roosevelt declares U.S. neutrality in World War II.

Strike by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers.

A Russo-German Pact leads to the invasion of Poland by Germany; World War II in Europe begin.

The St. Louis, a boat carrying Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, is refused permission to land in Florida.

At Einstein's urging, President Roosevelt orders U.S. effort to build atomic bomb.

Workers strike at Chrysler.

National emergency declared.

text file  New York World's Fair.

Marian Anderson concert at Lincoln Memorial.

International Broadcasting Company becomes first American radio company to broadcast in Spanish .

Pocket Books, the first major publisher of paperback books, is established. Gone With the Wind released in American movie theaters.

Pan American Airways inaugurates regularly scheduled transatlantic air service between New York City and Southampton, England.

The term "Rosie the Riveter" is first used.