American Literature Timeline for English 253

Skyler Laughlin

Oral Traditions: Native American Narratives and Poetry

Unknown beginning time

Formula to Secure Love (Cherokee)

1400

Oral Poetry, Pg. 43

Creation of the Whites (Yuchi)

1400

Oral Narrative, Pg. 40

The Origin of Stories (Seneca)

1400

Oral Narrative, Pg. 30

War Song (Young Doctor, Makah)

1400

Oral Poetry, Pg. 45

Raven Makes a Girl Sick then Cures Her (Tsimshian)

1400

Oral Narrative, Pg. 36

The Bungling Host (Hitchiti)

1400

Oral Narrative, Pg. 38

War Song (Crow)

1400

Oral Poetry, Pg. 44

Woman's Divorce Dance Song (Unknown Tribe)

1400

Oral Poetry, Pg. 43

Love Song (Aleut)

1400

Oral Poetry, Pg. 42

Colonial Period

1490 - 1776

Journal of the First Voyage to America

1492 - 1493

Christopher Columbus 1451-1506
Pg. 49

Of Plymouth Plantation

1550 - 1637

William Bradford (1590-1657)
Pg. 166

The Voyages of Samuel de Champlain

1604 - 1618

Samuel de Champlain 1570-1635
Pg. 102

The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles

1608 - 1624

John Smith 1580-1631
Pg. 126

A Modell of Christian Charity

1630

John Winthrop (1588-1649)
Pg. 149

The Prologue [To Her Book]

1650

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 188

Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666

1666

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 197

Before the Birth of One of Her Children

1678

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 193

The Flesh and the Spirit

1678

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 191

A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment

1678

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 195

To My Dear Loving Husband

1678

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 194

The Author to Her Book

1678

Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672)
Pg. 190

A Narrative of the Captivity and Resauration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson

1682

Mary White Rowlandson [Talcott] (1637?-1711)
Pg. 208

How America Was Discovered

1735

Handsome Lake (Seneca) 1735-1815
Pg. 364

Revolution Period

1765 - 1815

On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield 1770

1770

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Pg. 574

On Being Brought from Africa to America

1773

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Pg. 575

To His Excellency General Washington

1776

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Pg. 577

On the Slave-Trade

1790

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Pg. 378

The Autobiography; Part Two

1791

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Pg. 424

Romantic Period

1815 - 1865

Sonnet-To Science

1829

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)
Pg. 1027

My Kinsman, Major Molineux

1832

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Pg. 955

Transcendentalism Period

1835 - 1860

Ligeia

1838

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)
Pg. 990

Self-Reliance

1841

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Pg. 707

The Birth-mark

1843

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
Pg. 977

Women in the Nineteenth Century

1844

Sarah Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)
Pg. 728

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, and American Slave

1845

Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)
Pg. 867

Annabel Lee

1849

Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849)
Pg. 1032

Eighty Years and More: Reminiscences

1852

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)
Pg. 862

Walden

1854

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Pg. 765

Song of Myself

1855

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1225

Benito Cereno

1855

Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Pg. 1084

Realism Period

1855 - 1910

Life in the Iron-Mills

1861

Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910)
Pg. 1160

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

1861

Harriet Ann Jacobs (1813-1897)
Pg. 843

Some keep the Sabbath going to Church [324]

1864

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Pg. 1300

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

1865

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1286

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

1865

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1284

Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night

1865

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1285

One's-Self I Sing

1867

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1276

To a Locomotive in Winter

1876

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Pg. 1294

Success is counted sweetest [67]

1878

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Pg. 1298

There's a certain Slant of light [258]

1890

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Pg. 1299

Wild Nights- Wild Nights! [249]

1891

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Pg. 1299

I'm Nobody! Who are you? [288]

1891

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Pg. 1300

Works Cited

1975

The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Ed. Paul Lauton. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Print.