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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1978

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1977
1979
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1978
John Ashbery
   Houseboat Days
   Three Plays

Robert Creeley
   Hello: A Journal

Ernest J. Gaines
   In My Father's House

Allen Ginsberg
   Mind Breaths: Poems, 1972-1977

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith
   Korean Love Songs

Garrett Kaoru Hongo
   The Buddha Bandits down Highway 99 (with Alan Chong Lau and Lawson Fusao Inada)

Meridel LeSueur
   The Girl

Denise Levertov
   A Woman Alone**
   Life in the Forest

Audre Lorde
   Never Take Fire from a Woman
   Power**
   The Black Unicorn
   The Erotic as Power
   Walking Our Boundaries**

D'Arcy McNickle
   Wind From an Enemy Sky

Janice Mirikitani
   Awake in the River
   Breaking Tradition**
   Desert Flowers**
   For My Father**

Frank O'Hara
   Selected Plays

Tillie Lerner Olsen
   Silences

Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo)
   Howbah Indians

Ishmael Reed
   Shrovetide in Old New Orleans
   Yardbird Lives!, ed.

Adrienne Rich
   Power**
   The Dream of a Common Language

Wendy Rose (Hopi)
   Poetry of the American Indian Series

Gary Soto
   The Cellar**
   The Tale of Sunlight

John Updike
   The Coup

Robert Penn Warren
   Amazing Grace in the Back Country**
   Heart of Autumn**

Eudora Welty
   The Eye of the Story

Tennessee Williams
   Where I Live: Selected Essays

Other Literary Publications

- E.M. Broner, A Weave of Women

- Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology

- Beth Henley, Crimes of the Heart

- May Wong, Superstitions: Poems

Double-digit inflation and soaring interest rates begin.

The Longest Walk: thirty thousand people march to protest the treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government; begins at Alcatraz Island and ends in Washington, D.C.

Indian Child Welfare Act passed by U.S. Congress.

American Indian Religious Freedom Act passed.

Thousands of "boat people" leave in a mass exodus from Vietnam.

Jim Jones, a messianic religious leader from San Francisco, leads over nine hundred people to commit mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana.

In Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, the Supreme Court rules that universities may not set aside a quota for minority applicants as part of affirmative action.

President Carter negotiates a treaty with Panama to return the Canal Zone by 2000.

For first time, women presidents govern each of the "Seven Sister" colleges: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley.

Ninety-eight percent of all American homes have at least one TV.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) begins a campaign to address the plight of Japanese American detainees during World War II.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America names Faye Wattleton its first African American president.

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