Final

Main

Civil War

1861 - 1865

Reconstruction

1865 - 1876

Radical Republicanism, 13th amendment

1865 - 1866

Manufacture of Artificial Dyes

1869

Grant is a terrible president, economic crisis

1873

Hayes v. Tilden Presidential Election

1876

First Film Recorded

1877

Of a galloping horse.

Compromise of 1877

1877

Alabama v. Pace

1883

anti-miscegenation law confirmed

World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago

1893

Plessy v. Ferguson

1896

"Separate but equal" doctrine confirmed

Spanish American War

1898

Boxer Rebellion

1901

Peak of US Immigration

1907

World War One

1914 - 1918

Beginning of WWI

1914

Rise of literary criticism and establishment of the canon

1920 - 1929

Great Depression

1929 - 1942

Popularization of 'talkies", films with dialogue

1930 - 1940

WWII

1939 - 1945

White Flight

1950 - 1960

Brown v. Board of Education

1954

Desegregation begins.

Civil Rights Act

1964

Globalization

1970 - 1990

Decentering of literary criticism and expansion of the canon

1970 - 1980

Arrival of the Information Age

1990 - 2000

Time Periods

Realism and Reconstruction

1861 - 1895

Naturalism

1895 - 1914

Modernism and Postmodernism

1914 - 2013

Authors and Works

Leaves of Grass published by Walt Whitman

1855

Hiawatha published by Longfellow

1855

Davis publishes Life in the Iron Mills

1861

Melville publishes the Portent

1866

Clarel published by Melville

1876

Emily Dickinson dies

1886

Gilman publishes the Yellow Wallpaper

1892

Crane publishes the Red Badge of Courage

1895

Wilmington Race Riots

1898

The Marrow of Tradition

1901

Frost publishes first book of poetry - A Boy's Will

1913

Carl Sandburg arrives in Chicago

1913

Frost writes the Mending Wall

1914

About when Cummings begins to publish

1920

Rich has her first baby marking a shift in poetry

1953

Gwendolyn Brooks attends Natl Conf of Black Writers

1957

Frost becomes poet lauriet

1957 - 1958

e.e. cummings dies

1962

Morrison publishes first novel The Bluest Eyes

1970

Silko publishes Lallaby

1981

Morrison writes Beloved

1987

Rich publishes "5 o clock January 2003"

2003