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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1954

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1953
1955
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1954
Louise Bogan
   Collected Poems 1923-1953

Robert Creeley
   The Gold Diggers (stories)

William Faulkner
   A Fable

Ellen Glasgow
   The Woman Within

Robinson Jeffers
   Carmel Point**
   Hungerfield and Other Poems
   The Beauty of Things**

Paule Marshall
   The Valley Between

D'Arcy McNickle
   Runner in the Sun: A Story of Indian Maize

Edna St. Vincent Millay
   Mine the Harvest

Wallace Stevens
   Collected Poems

Eudora Welty
   The Ponder Heart

William Carlos Williams
   The Descent**
   The Desert Music

Richard Wright
   Black Power: A Record of Reactions in a Land of Pathos
   Savage Holiday

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Lorna Dee Cervantes was born.

Sandra Cisneros was born.

Louise Erdrich (Chippewa) was born.

Aurora Levins Morales was born.

Helena María Viramontes was born.

Alain Locke died.

Edwin Rolfe died.

Other Literary Publications

- Harriette Arnow, The Dollmaker

A coup planned and implemented by the CIA overthrows the elected government of Guatemela.

Army-McCarthy hearings.

Hernandez v. Texas: Mexican Americans are granted equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment.

"Operation Wetback" begins; over the next four years more than four million people of Mexican descent are deported.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka: segregation of school children based solely on race violates the equal-protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Dienbienphu falls to Ho’s Vietminh (May 7).

Ngo Dinh Diem becomes South Vietnam’s premier (July).

Geneva Accords formally end Indochina War between France and Viet Minh; Vietnam partitioned into North and South Vietnam (July 21).

Father Knows Best begins on TV.

Alice B. Toklas, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book.

Twenty-nine million American households have at least one TV.

audio fileThe Descent
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