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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1968

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1967
1969
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1968
James Baldwin
   Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
   The Amen Corner

John Barth
   Lost in the Funhouse**

Donald Barthelme
   Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts (stories)

Saul Bellow
   Mosby's Memoirs and Other Stories

Louise Bogan
   The Blue Estuaries: Poems 1923-1968

Gwendolyn Brooks
   In the Mecca

Ernest J. Gaines
   Bloodline
   The Sky Is Gray**

Allen Ginsberg
   Planet News

Martin Luther King, Jr.
   I've Been to the Mountaintop**
   Trumpet of Conscience

Etheridge Knight
   Poems from Prison
   The Idea of Ancestry** audio file
   The Violent Space (or when your sister sleeps around for money)**

Norman Mailer

   The Armies of the Night

Mary McCarthy
   Hanoi

James Alan McPherson
   A Solo Song: For Doc**

N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa)
   House Made of Dawn

Joyce Carol Oates
   Expensive People

Theodore Roethke
   The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke

Muriel Rukeyser
   The Poem as Mask**

Lee Smith
   The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed

Gary Snyder
   The Back Country

Allen Tate
   Essays of Four Decades

John Updike
   Couples

Alice Walker
   Once (Poems)

Robert Penn Warren
   The Leaf**

Related Literary Events
Martin Luther King, Jr., died.

Upton Sinclair died.

John Steinbeck died.

Other Literary Publications

- Joan Baez, Daybreak

- Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

- Nikki Giovanni, Black Feeling, Black Talk

San Francisco State College Strike; college president S.I. Hayakawa speaks out against the demonstrators.

Labor organizer Cesar Chavez coordinates national boycott of grapes harvested by nonunion workers.

President Lyndon Johnson announces that he will not seek reelection.

Vietnam peace talks open in Paris.

Shirley Chisholm (D-New York) is the first African American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

President Johnson announces partial halt to bombing.

General Creighton Abrams replaces General Westmoreland as commander of American troops in Vietnam, of which there are now 536,000.

My Lai massacre in Vietnam.

Investigation into causes of the 1967 race riots leads the Kerner Commission to conclude that "white racism" was the main causal factor.

Tet Offensive: Viet Cong forces launch a surprise attack against the U.S. military throughout South Vietnam.

Governor George Wallace of Alabama runs for president on the American Independent Party ticket; wins forty-six electoral votes from Southern states.

Richard M. Nixon is elected president.

Riots rock Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Students at Columbia University, in New York City, take over the school to protest the University's plan to evict Harlem residents.

Chippewas George Mitchell and Dennis Banks found the American Indian Movement (AIM) to protest the Bureau of Indian Affairs guidance over American Indian life.

Poor People's Campaign, a group of Mexican Americans, Native Americans, blacks, and whites, led by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), begins march to Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King, Jr., is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee (April 4).

Race riots sweep nation in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Senator Robert F. Kennedy is killed only hours after winning the presidential primary in California (June 5).

Luis Walter Alvarez wins the Nobel Prize in physics; he is the first U.S.-born Hispanic to do so.

audio fileThe Idea of Ancestry

audio fileHard Rock Returns to Prison

audio fileKiowa Chants and Songs
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