The West to WWII

Timeline created by Valeriecp
  • Transcontinental Railroad

    Transcontinental Railroad
    The transcontinental railroad's goal was to connect the US from east to west. The union pacific built west while the central pacific built east. It met in Promontory Point, Utah and it had many problems during its building, the biggest being its exploitation of Chinese workers
  • Exodusters

    Former slaves who migrated to the west to look for better opportunities were known as exodusters. Although some will succeed, many settle in bad land or had no money. Some will go back to the south while others take the risk of moving out further west.
  • The Homestead Act

    The Homestead Act
    The Homestead Act was passed by congress in 1862. it gave settles 160 acres of land if they completed 5 years of living and improving that land. many former slaves, landless farmers, and single too advantage of the Homestead Act
  • Morrill Land Grant College Act

    Morrill Land Grant College Act
    Education in America boosted after the Morrill Land Grant College Act. This act funded universities in sparsely populated areas with tax money that came from the selling of public land
  • Killing the Buffalo

    Killing the Buffalo
    Buffalo were the Native Americans source of life. When white settlers hunted them almost to extinction, they were very much hurt by this. Although devastating, hurting the natives this way was the goal.
  • Bessemer Process

    Bessemer Process
    The first process to mass produce steel was known as the Bessemer process. it was invented by Sir Henry Bessemer in 1856, but when Andrew Carnegie first invested in it, it was during the 1870's
  • John Rockefeller

    John Rockefeller
    John Rockefeller was a businessman who controlled 90% of the domestic oil industry in the 1870s. Rockefeller was the first to invent two important elements that are used today: Trust and Holding companies
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Led by George Custer, the battle of Little Bighorn was a complete failure. After Custer underestimated the number of Sioux, he approached them with 600 men and to his surprise, he was faced by thousands of natives. Him and his army were completely slaughtered. After hearing about the loss, the government wanted to enforce even more settlement on native land and placing them in reservations.
  • The Light Bulb

    The Light Bulb
    one of the many inventions that were introduced in this time period was the light bulb. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb on October 14th, 1878. It became a very important tool during that time and of course, to this day.
  • Robber Barons

    Robber Barons
    Robber barons is a term used for capitalist who used really shady methods in order to get rich, despite how negatively it affected other people/businesses. Carnegie and Rockefeller are examples of robber barons
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Chinese Exclusion Act
    In 1882, congress passed the Chinese Exclusions Act. This act prohibited further immigration of the Chinese into the United States.
  • Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

    Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
    William Frederick Cody, a former scout and buffalo hunter, started "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show", which influenced the view we have on the wild west today. The show included cowboys, sharpshooters, and even natives like Sioux leader, Sitting Bull, were part of the show.
  • Cocaine Tooth Drops

    Cocaine Tooth Drops
    These "cures" were advertised to help aid in curing toothaches i an instant, but they often included many drugs like cocaine. They were easily available and only about 15 cents
  • Ghost Dances

    Ghost Dances
    Ghost dances were practiced by Native Americas as protection from white settlers. A shaman envisioned a flood that washed away whites and dead spirits stopped bullets fired from them as well, which would help the natives return to their way of life. The military saw these dances as threats.
  • Steel

    Steel is considered the building block of America. Although it was important and influenced the country a lot, it was hard to mass produce it since it was so expensive to do so until Andrew Cornegie came and changed the production of it forever.
  • Andrew Carnegie

    Andrew Carnegie
    Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish immigrant, who grew up poor but later became one of the wealthiest men in America. He invested in the steel industry in which he had great success in by mass producing it and selling it for low prices unlike other companies
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    While performing a traditional ghost dance, the Sioux were approached by American Calvary. When the Sioux tribe was asked to surrender their weapons, a gun accidentally went off, which triggered a massacre. Around 300 Sioux men, women, and children were killed during the massacre
  • Sears & Roebuck Catalog

    Sears & Roebuck Catalog
    In 1894, Sears and Roebuck released a catalog that included not only watches and jewelry, but many other items like sewing machines, clothing, baby items, etc
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    Transforming the west

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    Becoming an Industrial Power