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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1965

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James Baldwin
Going to Meet the Man

Elizabeth Bishop
Filling Station**
Questions of Travel

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry
The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Why We Can't Wait

Robert Lowell, Jr.
Selected Poems
The Old Glory (plays)

Norman Mailer
An American Dream

Mary McCarthy
Birds of America

Native American Oral Poetry
A Selection of Poems
Formula to Secure Love (Cherokee)**

Flannery O'Connor
Everything That Rises Must Converge

Frank O'Hara

Charles Olson

Sylvia Plath
Fever 103**
Lady Lazarus**

Katherine Anne Porter
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter

Gary Snyder
Riprap, and Cold Mountain Poems

John Updike
A Child's Calendar
Assorted Prose
Of the Farm

Robert Penn Warren
Who Speaks for the Negro?

Malcolm X
Malcolm X Speaks Sound file

Related Literary Events

T.S. Eliot died.

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry died.

Malcolm X died.

Other Literary Publications

- May Sarton, Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing
Project Head Start begins as an educational program for low-income children.

Bombing of North Vietnam and Americanization of the war begin.

President Johnson sends U.S. troops to South Vietnam.

One hundred eighty-four thousand U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.

Martin Luther King, Jr., leads civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan releases his report, The Negro Family: The Case for National Action; blames black women for poverty and crime in the black community.

Cuban president Fidel Castro allows Cubans with U.S. relatives to leave if they come to Cuba to pick them up.

Martin Luther King, Jr., publicly opposes Vietnam War.

Congress passes the Voting Rights Act; suspends literacy tests and other devices used to deny the vote.

Malcolm X is killed in New York City.

Violent rioting spreads through Watts, a section of Los Angeles; thirty-four blacks killed, over $200 million in damage to property.

Cesar Chavez begins national campaign on behalf of migrant farmworkers.

President Johnson signs the Immigration Act of 1965, ending the national-origins quota established in 1924.

First American combat troops arrive in Danang, South Vietnam.

Hispanic labor theater, El Teatro Campesino, founded.

image file Construction completed on St. Louis Gateway Arch.

Bill Cosby becomes first African American lead actor in prime-time TV, as costar of hit series I Spy.

text file Ralph Nader publishes Unsafe at Any Speed.

Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters stage the first "acid test."

Teach-ins to question U.S. involvement in Vietnam begin.

audio fileLady Lazarus

audio fileThe Applicant

audio fileAriel

audio filePoint Shirley

audio fileLorelei

audio fileFull Fathom Five

audio fileDeparture of the Ghost

audio fileBattlescene

audio filePerseus: The Triumph of Wit Over Suffering

audio fileOn the Decline or Oracles

audio fileAll the Dead Dears

audio fileOn The Plethora of Dryads

audio fileSow

audio fileThe Stones

audio fileFever 103

audio fileDaddy