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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1945

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African American Folktales
Memories of Slavery
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Gwendolyn Brooks
   A Street in Bronzeville
   The Mother**
   The Sundays of Satin-Legs Smith**

W.E.B. Du Bois
   Color and Democracy: Colonies and Peace

Susan Glaspell
   Judd Rankin's Daughter

Meridel LeSueur
   North Star Country

John Crowe Ransom
   Selected Poems

Gertrude Stein
   from Composition as Explanation
   Ladies' Voices**

John Steinbeck
   The Pearl

Tennessee Williams
   Portrait of a Madonna**

Richard Wright
   Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth

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Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh makes declaration of independence from France.

U.S. army discovers and liberates Nazi concentration camps.

U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima (February).

Yalta Conference: President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, Premier Stalin (February).

U.S. forces expel Japanese from the Philippines (February 23).

U.S. invades Okinawa in final amphibious landing of the war (April).

President Roosevelt dies from a cerebral hemorrhage; Harry S. Truman assumes the presidency (April 12).

German General Jodl signs instrument of surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims (May 7).

Potsdam Conference: President Truman, Premier Stalin, Prime Minister Churchill (July).

Atomic bomb is dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima; the entire center of the city is obliterated (August 6).

Second atomic bomb is dropped on Japan; Nagasaki is incinerated (August 9).

Japan surrenders to the U.S., ending World War II (September 2).

Opening of Nuremberg War Tribunal (October 18).

United Nations formed (October 24).

Inventor Marjorie Joyner and activist Mary McLeod Bethune found the United Beauty School Owners and Teachers Association.

Three and a half million women belong to unions.

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