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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1970

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John Ashbery
   Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape**
   The Double Dream of Spring

Toni Cade Bambara
   The Black Woman: An Anthology,edited, with contributions by Toni Cade

Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)
   In Our Terribleness
   It's Nation Time

Donald Barthelme
   City Life (stories)

Saul Bellow
   Mr. Sammler's Planet

Robert Bly
   The Teeth Mother Naked at Last**

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Family Pictures

Robert Creeley
   A Quick Graph: Collected Notes & Essays

Pietro Di Donato
   Naked Author

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
   The Mexican Night: Travel Journal

Michael S. Harper
   Dear John, Dear Coltrane

Ernest Hemingway
   Islands in the Stream

Meridel LeSueur
   Corn Village

Denise Levertov
   Relearning the Alphabet

Audre Lorde
   The First Cities

Norman Mailer
   Of a Fire on the Moon

Mary McCarthy
   The Company She Keeps
   The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays

Toni Morrison
   The Bluest Eye

Joyce Carol Oates
   The Wheel of Love
   Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?**

Frank O'Hara
   My Heart**

Ann Petry
   Legends of the Saints

Katherine Anne Porter
   The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter

Ishmael Reed
   19 Necromancers from Now, ed.
   Catechism of D Neoamerican Hoo Doo Church

Sonia Sanchez
   Liberation Poem
   We a BaddDDD People

John Updike
   Bech: A Book

Margaret Walker
   Ballad of the Hoppy-Toad**
   The Third Life of Grange Copeland (Novel)

Eudora Welty
   Losing Battles

John Edgar Wideman
   Hurry Home

Malcolm X
   By Any Means Necessary

Related Literary Events

Louise Bogan died.

Charles Olson died.

John Dos Passos died.

Anzia Yezierska died.

Other Literary Publications

- Gail Godwin, The Perfectionists

- Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

- Radicalesbians, The Woman-Identified Woman

Supreme Court ruling barring racial segregation in public schools sparks racial violence that continues until 1976.

Four students protesting the U.S. invasion of Cambodia are killed by the National Guard at Kent State University in Ohio (May 4).

Two students killed and nine others wounded at Jackson State University, an all-black school in Mississippi, when police fired into a dormitory during a student protest (May 14); unlike Kent State, this incident evoked little national media attention.

President Nixon proposes Huston Plan.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created.

Student protests force some four hundred colleges and universities to close following Kent State killings.

Cooper-Church amendment limits U.S. role in Cambodia.

A total of 334,600 U.S. military personnel in Vietnam.

President Nixon orders the invasion of Cambodia.

Senate repeals Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

The Environmental Protection Agency is established to consolidate all major governmental programs combatting pollution.

Mexican American third party, La Raza Unida (United Race) founded in Texas.

According to a study done by Princeton University, 20 percent of all married Chicana and black women have been permanently sterilized.

The first no-fault divorce law in the Western world is passed in California.

Congress approves extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965 until 1975.

Earth Day first celebrated.

Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch.

Americans for Indian Opportunity founded by LaDonna Harris.

Robin Morgan, Sisterhood is Powerful.

Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix die of drug overdoses.

The Beatles disband.

Over thirty-one million American women are employed outside of the home.

Six percent of all black women and 17 percent of all white women have a college degree.

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