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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1940

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African American Folktales
 Memories of Slavery
   The Flying Africans** image file image file

Willa Cather
   Sapphira and the Slave Girl

E.E. Cummings
   [anyone lived in a pretty how town]**
   50 poems

W.E.B. Du Bois
   Dusk of Dawn: An Essay Toward an Autobiography of a Race Concept

William Faulkner
   The Hamlet

Ernest Hemingway
   For Whom the Bell Tolls

Langston Hughes
   The Big Sea
   When the Negro Was in Vogue** text file

Meridel LeSueur
   Salute to Spring

Albert Maltz
   The Underground Stream

Claude McKay
   Harlem: Negro Metropolis

H.L. Mencken
   The Sahara of the Bozarts**

Katherine Anne Porter
   Flowering Judas and Other Stories

Elizabeth Madox Roberts
   Song in the Meadow

Edwin Arlington Robinson
   Selected Letters

Genevieve Taggard
   Ode in Time of Crisis**

Booker T. Washington
   Working with the Hands

William Carlos Williams
   In the Money

Richard Wright
   Bright and Morning Star**
   Native Son

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F. Scott Fitzgerald died.

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African American nationalist leader Marcus Garvey dies.

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Selective Service Act.

Germany conquers the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Denmark, Norway, and Luxembourg.

Battle of Britain.

The first Social Security check issued.

Filipino Federated Agricultural Laborers Association receives American Federation of Labor (AFL) charter.

Franklin Roosevelt elected to unprecedented third term as president.

Japan signs a ten-year pact of economic and military cooperation with Germany and Italy.

Half of all American households have indoor plumbing.