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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1955

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1954
1956
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1955
James Baldwin
   Notes of a Native Son

Elizabeth Bishop
   At the Fishhouses**

Louise Bogan
   Selected Criticism: Poetry and Prose

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   Pictures of the Gone World

Meridel LeSueur
   Crusaders

Norman Mailer
   The Deer Park

Mary McCarthy
   A Charmed Life

Ann Petry
   Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Wallace Stevens
   Of Mere Being**

Robert Penn Warren
   Band of Angels

Eudora Welty
   The Bride of Innesfallen

William Carlos Williams
   Journey to Love
   The Pink Locust**

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Kimiko Hahn was born.

Gish Jen was born.

Wallace Stevens died.

American Federation of Labor (AFL)-Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) merger.

Two Mississippi men lynch Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Interstate Commerce Commission desegregates interstate public transportation.

First postwar U.S.–Soviet summit meeting.

Ngo Dinh Diem establishes the Republic of Vietnam.

U.S. advisers take over training of South Vietnamese army (ARVN).

Dr. Jonas Salk discovers the vaccine for polio.

Rosa Parks, a forty-three-year-old African American civil rights activist, refuses to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama; she is arrested and fined, and the Montgomery bus boycott, organized by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., begins.

Elvis Presley becomes an enormous success; the first rock and roll star.

James Dean stars in Rebel Without a Cause.

First Spanish-language TV station, KCOR-TV, begins broadcasting in San Antonio, Texas.

Daughters of Bilitis (DOB), a lesbian rights group, founded in San Francisco.

1955-1956
Allen Ginsberg
   Howl**
1954
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