Modernism

Poets

Ralph Waldo Emerson

5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882

Walt Whitman

5/31/1819 - 3/26/1892

Emily Dickenson

12/10/1830 - 5/15/1886

Gertrude Stein

2/3/1874 - 7/27/1946

Mina Loy

12/27/1882 - 9/25/1966

W.C. Williams

9/17/1883 - 3/4/1963

D.H. Lawrence

9/11/1885 - 3/2/1930

Ezra Pound

10/30/1885 - 11/1/1972

Hilda Doolittle

9/10/1886 - 9/27/1961

T.S. Eliot

9/26/1888 - 1/4/1965

Hart Crane

7/21/1899 - 4/27/1932

Langston Hughes

2/1/1902 - 5/22/1967

Main

First known photograph

1827

The Communist Manifesto

1848

Leaves of Grass

1855

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Manet's Olympia

1863

Gertrude Stein born

1874

American Museum of Natural History founded

1874

Telephone

1877

Phonograph

1877

Microphone

1877

Recoil operated machine gun

1882

WC Williams born

1883

Nietzshe's Thus Spake Zarathustra

1883

Synthetic fiber

1883

Ezra Pound born

1885

Pneumatic type

1888

T.S. Eliot born

1888

Massacre at Wounded Knee

1890

Moving pictures

1890

Diesel engine

1892

Ford car

1893

Wireless telegraph

1895

X-rays

1895

U.S. Supreme Court's "Separate but Equal" ruluing

1896

Radioactivity

1896

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'

1897

Freud's 'Interpretation of Dreams'

1899

Great Migration

1900 - 1960

Prompts of 4.8 million African Americans to move from southern to northern cities

Death of Queen Victoria

1902

Langston Hughes born

1902

Aeroplane

1903

Einstein's theory of relativity

1905

Picasso's 'Les Demoiselles D'Avignon'

1907

First textbook on genetics

1909

Marinetti's 'Futurist Manifesto'

1909

Pound's 'Personae'

1909

Radium isolated (Marie Curie)

1910

First movie studio opens in Hollywood

1911

First coherent explanation of the atom

1911

Pound - 'To Whistler, American'

1912

First International Congress of Eugenics (London)

1912

Pound - 'In a Station of the Metro'

1913

Williams - 'The Tempers'

1913

Igor Stravinsky - 'The Rite of Spring'

1913

Performance

Pound - 'A Pact'

1913

Long range radio

1913

The Armory Show (NYC)

1913

Stein's 'Tender Buttons'

1914

Loy's 'Parturition'

1914

Panama Canal opens

1914

World War I

1914 - 1918

'Blast 1'

1914

T.S. Eliot - 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'

1915

D.W. Griffith's film 'Birth of a Nation' opens

1915

de Saussure's lectures on linguistics

1916

Bolshevik Revolution

1917

Pound's 'Three Cantos'

1917

Loy's 'Songs to Joannes'

1917

Splitting of the atom

1918

The Red Summer

1919

Race riots and the number of lynchings increase

Prohibition

1919 - 1933

Women gain right to vote

1920

Harlem Renaissance

1920 - 1940

First all-black musical opens - 'Shuffle Along'

1921

Spengler - 'Decline of the West

1922

Mussolini's march on Rome

1922

Eliot - 'The Waste Land'

1922

Joyce - 'Ulysses'

1922

U.S. Congress passes Johnson Immigration Bill

1924

Scope's monkey trial

1925

Hitler - 'Mein Kampf'

1925

Yeats - 'A Vision'

1925

Freud - 'Civilization and Its Discontents'

1925

'The New Negro'

1925

First talking picture opens - 'The Jazz Singer'

1927

First experimental television broadcast in the U.S.

1928

Stock Market crash

1929

Great Depression

1929 - 1939

Nation of Islam founded

1930

Technicolor introduces full color film

1930

Pound - 'A Draft of XXX Cantos'

1930

Third International Congress of Eugenics (Museum of Natural History, NYC)

1932

'The New Deal' introduced

1933

Maiden flight of first multipassenger commercial airliner

1933

Hitler assumes power

1933

World War II

1939 - 1945

Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

1941

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki

1945

United Nations established

1945

CIA established

1947

Pound - 'The Pisan Cantos'

1948

NATO established

1949