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The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Fifth Edition
Paul Lauter, General Editor
Timeline - 1987

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1986
1988
Year
Literary
Historical
Cultural
1987
Rudolfo A. Anaya
   Lord of the Dawn: The Legend of Quetzalcoatl
   The Season of La Llorona (play)

Gloria Anzaldúa
 Borderlands/La Frontera
   Chapter 3: "Entering into the Serpent"**
   Chapter 7: "La conciencia de la mestiza/Towards a New Consciousness"**
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John Ashbery
   Spring Galleons

John Barth
   The Tidewater Tales: A Novel

Saul Bellow
   More Die of Heartbreak

Gwendolyn Brooks
   Blacks (omnibus)

Raymond Carver
   Saints

Lucille Clifton
   Good Woman: Poems and A Memoir 1969-1980
   in white america**
   Next: New Poems

Judith Ortiz Cofer
   Claims**
   En Mis Ojos No Hay Días**
   Latin Women Pray**
   My Father in the Navy: A Childhood Memory**
   Reaching for the Mainland
   The Woman Who Was Left at the Altar**

Gish Jen
   Shedding Silence

Maxine Hong Kingston
   Hawai'I One Summer

Denise Levertov
   Breathing the Water
   Making Peace**
   Poems, 1968-1972

Arthur Miller
   Timebends: A Life

Janice Mirikitani
   Recipe**

Toni Morrison
   Beloved

Bharati Mukherjee
   The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy

Native American Oral Narrative
   The Bungling Host (Hitchiti)**

Native American Oral Poetry
   Creation of the Whites (Yuchi Tale)**

Joyce Carol Oates
   You Must Remember This

Cynthia Ozick
   The Messiah of Stockholm

Sonia Sanchez
   Under a Soprano Sky

John Updike
   Trust Me

Helena María Viramontes
   "Miss Clairol"

John Edgar Wideman
   Reuben

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James Baldwin died.


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- Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster

- Fannie Flagg, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

The Iran-Contra Affair: Congress discovers that the executive branch offered the Iranian government arms for hostages, then used the profits to illegally fund the Contras, a rebel force fighting in Nicaragua.

Trade deficit reaches $170 billion.

Immigration Reform and Control Act signed into law.

U.S. Congresswoman Pat Schroeder withdraws her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination resulting from a lack of funds.

NASA's first African American female astronaut is Doctor Mae Jemison.

First Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.

Stock market plummets; loses almost twenty-three percent of its value in one day (October 18).

Abortion services are not available in eighty-five percent of U.S. counties.

Approximately 735,000 people are homeless in the U.S. every night.

Wilma Mankiller elected first female president of the Cherokee Nation.

Johnnetta B. Cole becomes president of Spelman College, first African-American woman to hold that position.

First successful separation of Siamese twins performed by Doctor Ben Carson.

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