American Literary Tradition

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"Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage" Christopher Columbus

1493

African Slaves Introduced in the Americas

1501

"Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage" CC

1503

Slaves Introduced to South Carolina

1526

Jamestown, VA Founded

1607

Indentured Servants from Africa Arrive at Jamestown

1619

Law in VA Changes- lawful for Africans to be enslaved entire lives

1661

Law in VA Changes- children follow the condition of the mother

1662

Maryland follows VA law- African slavery lawful

1664

"A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson"

1682

"The Way to Wealth" Benjamin Franklin

1758

"On Being Brought from Africa to America" Phillis Wheatley

1773

"To His Excellency General Washington" Phillis Wheatley

1776

Declaration of Independance was signed

1776

"Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America" Benjamin Franklin

1784

"Notes on the State of Virginia" Thomas Jefferson

1785

Louisiana Purchase

1803

Missouri Compromise

1820

Sequoyah invents syllabary in which Cherokee language can be written

1821

Cherokee Phoenix first published

1828

"Cherokee Phoenix to the Public" Elias Boudinot

1828

"Cherokee Memorials" Cherokee Council

1829

"Appeal in Four Articles" David Walker

1829

Indian Removal Act

1830

Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

1831

William Lloyd Garrison publishes the Liberator, antislavery journal

1831

"An Indian's Looking Glass for the White Man" William Apess

1833

"The May-Pole of Merrimount" Nathaniel Hawthorne

1835

Treaty of New Echota in which Cherokee nation cedes territory

1835

"Letter to Martin Van Buren" Ralph Waldo Emerson

1838

Indian Removal, Trail of Tears

1838 - 1839

"The Fall of the House of Usher" Edgar Allan Poe

1839

"Self-Reliance" Ralph Waldo Emerson

1841

"The Great Lawsuit" Margaret Fuller

1843

"Philosophy of Composition" Edgar Allan Poe

1846

Seneca Falls Convention

1848

Fugitive Slave Act obliges free states to return escaped slaves

1850

"What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?" Frederick Douglass

1852

"Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent" Martin Delany

1854

"Preface to Leaves of Grass" Walt Whitman

1855

Dred Scott decision denies citizenship to African Americans

1857

"Bury Me in a Free Land" Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

1858

"Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl" Harriet Jacobs

1861

Civil War

1861 - 1865

"Life in the Iron Mills" Rebecca Harding Davis

1861

"320" Emily Dickinson

1862

First Transcontinental Railroad completed

1869