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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1941

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Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1941
Louise Bogan
   Poems and New Poems

T.S. Eliot
   The Dry Salvages**

Lillian Hellman
   Watch On the Rhine

Robinson Jeffers
   Be Angry at the Sun
   The Bloody Sire**
   The Excesses of God**

Edgar Lee Masters
   Illinois Poems

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   Collected Sonnets

Marianne Moore
   What Are Years?**

John Crowe Ransom
   The New Criticism

Charles Reznikoff
   Going To and Fro and Walking Up and Down
from  Testimony
   Children**

Elizabeth Madox Roberts
   Not by Strange Gods

Theodore Roethke
   Open House

Genevieve Taggard
   To the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade**

Eudora Welty
   A Curtain of Green

Richard Wright
   Twelve Million Black Voices: A Folk History of the Negro in the United States

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Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo) was born.

John Edgar Wideman was born.

Sherwood Anderson died.

Lola Ridge died.

Elizabeth Madox Roberts died.

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War Powers Act.

Autoworker strike is successful in its efforts to unionize Ford.

Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt issue the Atlantic Charter.

Lend-Lease Act allows transfer of U.S. war materials to Britain and China.

After civil rights leaders threaten a march on Washington, D.C., President Roosevelt signs an executive order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission (FEPC).

Germany invades Russia (June 22).

Japanese attack U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; U.S. declares war on Japan one day later, entering World War II (December 7).

Over half of all American homes have refrigerators and washing machines.

President Roosevelt delivers famous "Four Freedoms" State of the Union address.

text file  Mount Rushmore sculptures finished after twenty-four years of work.

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audio fileBurnt Norton

audio fileWhat Are Years?
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