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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1942

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William Faulkner
   Go Down, Moses

Langston Hughes
   Shakespeare in Harlem

Zora Neale Hurston
   Dust Tracks on a Road

Alain Locke
   When Peoples Meet: A Study in Race and Culture Contacts

Edgar Lee Masters
   Along the Illinois
   The Sangamon

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   Murder of Lidice

Native American Oral Poetry
 Inuit Poetry
   Song (Copper Eskimo)**

Saunders Redding
from  No Day of Triumph
   Chapter One: "Troubled in Mind"**

Wallace Stevens
   Of Modern Poetry**
   Parts of a World

Margaret Walker
   Southern Song**
   For My People**

Eudora Welty
   The Robber Bridegroom

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President Roosevelt authorizes the evacuation of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast.

Executive Order 9066 signed by President Roosevelt authorizes the Secretary of War to delegate a military commander to allocate military areas "from which any and all persons may be excluded;" this order enforced mainly against Japanese Americans.

Battles of Coral Sea and Midway halt Japanese offensive.

Internment of Japanese Americans begins.

Revenue Act expands graduated income-tax system.

Allies invade North Africa (Operation Torch).

U.S. Navy Women's Corps (WAVES) created.

U.S. Coast Guard's Women's Corps (SPARS) created.

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) created.

Public Law 503 passed by U.S. Congress; imposes penal sanctions against anyone who fails to carry out Executive Order 9066.

Incidents at Manzanar and Poston Relocation Centers.

Japan invades Philipines and captures American forces defending Corregidor Island in Manila Bay.

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) is founded in Chicago; advances a strategy of nonviolent resistance to challenge segregation.

Riegner Report confirms mass slaughter of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Bataan Death March.

Japan invades Aleutian Islands (June).

U.S. accomplishes first major defeat of Japanese at Midway Island in the Central Pacific (June 6).

First all-American air attack in Europe (August).

After five months of bloody fighting, Japanese troops withdraw from Guadalcanal (December).

First self-perpetuating nuclear chain reaction demonstrates practicability of atomic bomb and industrial atomic power (December 2).

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