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Carl Sandburg's Life

American Events

 

1861-65

 

The Civil War

 

1865

 

Lincoln Assassination

 

1865-77

 

The Reconstruction

 

1871

 

Great Chicago Fire

 

1878

Born on January 6th in Galesburg, IL to Swedish immigrant parents

 

 

1890s

 

Depression in USA; Social Democrats influence in midwest

 

1891

Leaves school after the 8th grade

 

 

1892-97

 

1.5 million immigrants entera the USA though Ellis Island.

 

1894

 

Eugene Debs leader of the American Railway Union (ARU) jailed during Pullman Strike of 1994

 

1897

Lives as a hobo for four months

 

 
 

1898

Serves in Puerto Rico in Spanish American War

Spanish American War

 
 

1899-1903

Attends Lombard College; leaves before graduating

 

 
 

1907

 

Over 1 million people immigrated into the USA, America's peak immigration year

 
 

1908

Marries Lilian Steichen (Paula); Sandburg campaigned for presidential candidate
Eugene V. Debs

 

 
 

1910

Sandburg becomes private secretary to Milwaukee's Socialist mayor, Emil Seidel

   
 

1911

Daughter Margaret born

 

 
 

1912

 

Sinking of Titanic

 
 

1916

Chicago Poems published; daughter Janet Born

 

 
 

1917

Cornhuskers published; Sandburg visits Stockholm; Sandburg's detained by the FBI while working as WWI news corespondent for the Newspaper Enterprise Association

USA enters WWI

 
 

1918

News correspondent Chicago Daily News; Daughter Helga born

WWI ends; "Red Scare" campaign lauched against radicals and left-wing organizations, lasted through 1921

 
 

1919

 

Woodrow Wilson's League of Nations idea fails in Congress; Chicago Race Riots

 
 

1920

Smoke and Steel published

Women gain the right to vote; major A.F. of L steelworker's union strike, President Wilson intervenes (strike inspired Sandburg's Smoke and Steel)

 
 

1921

Slabs of Sunburnt West and Rootabaga Stories published

 

 
 

1922

Family moves to Harbert, MI

Roaring 20's; Age of the Machines; Jazz and Harlem Renaissance

 
 

1925

Lincoln: The Prairie Years published

 

 
 

1926

American Songbag published

 

 
 

1927

Good Morning America published

Charles Lindberg crosses the Atlantic Ocean solo

 
 

1929

Sandburg leaves Chicago Daily News

Economic collapse; Wall Street stock market crash

 
 

1932

 

FDR initiates the New Deal

 
 

1939

 

Nazi Germany invades Poland; WWII begins

 
 

1940

Pulitzer Prize in history for Lincoln: The War Years

   
 

1945

Works for war effort; family pays $40,000 for 240 acre farm in Flat Rock, NC

WWII ends

 
 

1948

 

Suburbs, TV and baby-boomers flourish; Cold War begins

 
 

1950

His only novel Remembrance Rock published

Korean War

 
 

1951

Pulitzer Prize in literature for Complete Poems

   
 

1954

 

McCarthy Hearings

 
 

1959

Speaks before a joint session of Congress to celebrate Lincoln's 150th birthday

 

 
 

1960

Works in Hollywood on the Greatest Story Ever Told

American soldiers in Vietnam

 
 

1963

Honey and Salt published

JFK assassinated; church bombing
that killed four young Black girls in Birmingham, AL

 
 

1964

L. B. Johnson awards Sandburg the Presidential medal of Freedom

Vietnam escalates; Civil Rights movement in news

 
 

1967

Sandburg dies on July 22 at age 89

 

 
 

1968

 

Congress votes to establish Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site within the National Park System