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2 As we read our way through American Literature this year, it’s important to understand what was happening while the authors were writing. This presentation will give you an overview of major events and help you put things into perspective.

3 Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but Amerigo Vespuci discovered America.

4 1503: Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa 1520: Chocolate was introduced to Europe 1558-1603 Queen Elizabeth I rules England

5 1610: King James Bible See Psalm 46

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7 Transported the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts Descendents of the Mayflower voyagers became leading families in the new colonies.

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10 1749: Sign Language was invented 1752: Benjamin Franklin’s kite experiment

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13 (They helped us fight the British, and then thought that what we’d done was a pretty neato thing, so they had a revolution of their own—common people versus royalty/aristocracy…)

14 Washington Irving: Sleepy Hollow Nathanial Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter Herman Melville: Moby Dick Edgar Allen Poe: The Raven and scary stories Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature Henry David Thoreau: Waldon

15 1832: The Oregon Trail and westward expansion 1836: The Alamo— Texas wins independence from Mexico 1845: Texas becomes a state Yee- Haw!

16 1838: The Underground Railroad begins, ushering slaves to freedom in the northern states 1860-1865: Civil War

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21 The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and America enters WWII.

22 1945: WWII ends 1957: Korea 1961-1970: Vietnam

23 Allen Ginsberg The Beatles Led Zeppelin Peter, Paul & Mary Janis Joplin The Doors The Rolling Stones The Beach Boys Jack Kerouac Hunter S. Thompson Tom Wolfe

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25 1960: John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1963: Lyndon Baynes Johnson 1968: Richard Millhouse Nixon 1973: Gerald R. Ford 1976: James Earl (Jimmy) Carter 1980: Ronald Reagan 1988: George Herbert Walker Bush 1992: William Jefferson (Bill) Clinton 2000: George Walker Bush 2008: Barack Hussein Obama

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27 War Global Warming Recession Unemployment Loss of natural resources Overpopulation Drought Famine Disease Contamination Is there a bright lining to these dark clouds?

28 How will you: Feed yourself? Clothe yourself? Provide shelter for yourself? Support yourself? Educate yourself? Participate in the world around you? Sustain democracy? Find happiness?

29 We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it. Lyndon B. Johnson As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. -Mahatma Gandhi Be the change you wish to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi

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