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A new literary history of America
Marcus, Greil.
Adult Nonfiction PS92 .N39 2009

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ContentsPage
Timeline
Introduction
The name "America" appears on a map
Mexico in America
Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
"Counterfeited according to the truth"
Fear and love in the Virginia colony
A city upon a hill
A nearer neighbor to the Indians
Anne Bradstreet
The American jeremiad
The stamp of God's image
The Jesuit relations
Francis Daniel Pastorius
The Salem witchcraft trials
Edward Taylor
Samuel Sewall, The Selling of Joseph
Benjamin Franklin, The Silence Dogood Letters
The Great Awakening
Francis Scott Key writes The Star-Spangled Banner 1765, December 23
Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crèvecoeur
Phillis Wheatley
The Declaration of Independence
Charles Willson Peale
James Madison, Notes of the Debates in the Federal Convention
John Adams, Discourses on Davila
Philip Freneau and The National Gazette
Washington's farewell address
Mary Rowlandson and the Alien and Sedition Acts
American gothic
Jefferson's first inaugural address
The matter of Haiti
Cupola of the world
The Missouri crisis
Landscape with birds
Sequoyah, the Cherokee syllabary
Junius Brutus Booth
Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, the Ojibwe firefly, and Longfellow's Hiawatha
Thomas Cole and the Hudson River
Songs of the republic
Cooper's Leatherstocking tales
Transnational poetry
Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon
David Walker, Appeal, in Four Articles
Jump Jim Crow
The Cherokee Nation decision
President Jackson's bank veto
Democracy in America
William Gilmore Simms, The Yemasseee
The Sacred Harp
The Alamo and Texas border writing
Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The American Scholar"
"The Divinity School Address"
The slave narrative
"The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
James Russell Lowell's Biglow Papers
Henry David Thoreau
The Scarlet Letter
Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalist Movement
Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville
Uncle Tom's Cabin
Hawthorne's Blithedale Romance and utopian communities
Frederick Douglass, "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?"
Maria Cummins and sentimental fiction
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
The Lincoln-Douglas debates
The science of the Indian
Emily Dickinson
The journeys of Little Women
Lincoln's second inaugural address
"Conditions of repose"
Carl Schurz
All men and women are created equal
The Winchester Rifle
Melville in the dark
The art of telephony
"How to Make Our Ideas Clear"
John Muir and nature writing
Henry James, Portrait of a Lady
Mark Twain's hairball
The Linotype machine
The Southwest imagined
The problem of error
Limits to violence
Writing New Orleans
The introduction of motion pictures 1889, August 28
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Chief Simon Pokagon and Native American literature
Ida B. Wells, A Red Record
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Lyrics of Lowly Life
Queen Lili'uokalani
The Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Monument
Literature and imperialism
McTeague and Greed
Henry Adams
The Wizard of Oz
Sister Carrie and The House of Mirth
Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition
The problem of the color line 1903, May 5
"The real American has not yet arrived"
The invention of the blues
One sees what one sees
Henry James in America
Little Nemo in Slumberland
The Azusa Street revival
The San Francisco Earthquake
"Alexander's Ragtime Band"
Lifeboats cut adrift
The lure of impossible things
Tarzan begins his reign
A modernist moment
D. W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation
Robert Frost
The philosopher and the millionaire
Mamie Smith's "Crazy Blues"
Jean Toomer
T. S. Eliot and D. H. Lawrence
F. O. Matthiessen meets Russell Cheney
The Johnson-Reed Act and ethnic literature
The Great Gatsby
Sinclair Lewis
The Scopes trial
Dorothy Parker
Fire!!
Hardboiled
The Book-of-the-Month Club
Carl Sandburg and The American Songbag
"Free to develop their faculties"
Dilsey Gibson goes to church
John Dos Passos
The mouse that whistled
"You're swell!"
The Silent Enemy
Grant Wood's American Gothic" 1931, March 19
Nevada legalizes gambling
Edmund Wilson, The American Jitters
Arthur Miller
The River Rouge plant and industrial beauty
Ned Cobb
Baby Face is censored
FDR's first Fireside Chat
Robert Penn Warren
The Popular Front
The skyscraper
Alcoholics Anonymous
Porgy and Bess
Gone with the Wind and Absalom, Absalom! 1936, July 5
Two days in Harlem
Life begins
Superman
Jelly Roll Morton speaks
Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit"
Up from invisibility
"No way like the American way"
Preston Sturges
An insolent style
Citizen Kane
The word "multicultural"
Hemingway's paradise, Hemingway's prose
The second Bill of Rights
Bebop
Thomas Pynchon and modern war
The atom bomb
Integrating the military
Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics
Saul Bellow
"Birth of the Cool"
"Damned busy painting"
A poet among painters
The Catcher in the Rye 1951
James Jones, From Here to Eternity
A soft voice
Elia Kazan and the blacklist in Hollywood
C. L. R. James
The song in country music
Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems
"The self-respect of my people"
A. J. Liebling and the Marciano-Moore fight
A generation in miniature
Nabokov's Lolita
"Roll Over Beethoven"
Dr. Seuss
"Nobody's perfect"
Psycho
More than a game
JFK's inaugural address and Catch-22
The author as advertisement
Bob Dylan writes "Song to Woody"
"White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art"
"Letter from Birmingham Jail"
Robert Lowell, "For the Union Dead"
The last stand on Earth 1965, September 11
The Council on Interracial Books for Children
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Norman Mailer
The illusory babels of language
The plight of conservative literature
Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems
The first Asian Americans
The eye of Vietnam
Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker
Loisaida literature
Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck
Gayl Jones
Toni Morrison
Edmund White, A Boy's Own Story
Wild Style
Maya Lin's wall
Harriet Wilson
Henry Roth
Maxine Hong Kingston, Tripmaster Monkey
Philip Roth
Twenty-first-century free verse
Richard Powers, The Time of Our Singing
Barack Obama


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