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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1960

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Edward Albee
   The Sand Box**

John Barth
   The Sot-Weed Factor

Gwendolyn Brooks
   A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon**
   The Bean Eaters
   The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmet Till**
   We Real Cool** audio file
Emmett Till Video file

Frank Chin
   Railroad Standard Time**

Pietro Di Donato
   Immigrant Saint: The Life of Mother Cabrini
   Three Circles of Light

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   Her (novel)

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
   Bid Me to Live (A Madrigal)

Robert Lowell, Jr.
   For the Union Dead**
   Skunk Hour**

Flannery O'Connor
   The Violent Bear Is Away

Charles Olson
   The Distances

Sylvia Plath
   The Colossus

Thomas Pynchon

Anne Sexton
   Her Kind** audio file
   To Bedlam and Part Way Back

Gary Snyder
   Myths & Texts

Mario Suarez
   El Hoyo**
   Kid Zopilote**
   Senor Garza**

John Updike
   Rabbit, Run

Related Literary Events

Zora Neale Hurston died.

Richard Wright died.

Other Literary Publications

- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Catholic, defeats Richard M. Nixon for the presidency.

National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (NLF) established.

Founding of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Civil Rights Act of 1960.

Eighty percent of all deaths from illegal abortions in the 1960s were African American and Puerto Rican women.

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) benefits three million people.

Soviets capture Francis Gary Powers, a U.S. pilot shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over Russia.

For the first time, Mexican Americans are a sizable portion of the electorate; as a result, they organize support for the Kennedy-Johnson presidential ticket.

Four freshmen at a Negro college in Greensboro, North Carolina, demand to be served at a Woolworth's lunch counter; sit-in movement begins (February 1).

First televised presidential debates, between Nixon and Kennedy.

Eighty percent of all whites and sixty percent of all non-whites have used contraceptives.

Birth-control pill marketed.

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