1900-1920

Timeline created by Ardent Archer
In History
  • The Assassination of William McKinley

    The Assassination of William McKinley
    President William McKinley was shot and died from his injuries on September 14, 1901.
  • The Jungle

    The Jungle
    The Jungle, published by Upton Sinclair, revealed the awful and unsanitary conditions of the food production industry. This led to the passage of the Meat Inspection Act and Pure Food and Drug Act the next year.
  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
    The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught fire, injuring 71 and killing 146 employees.
  • Jane Addams Gives a Nominating Speech

    Jane Addams Gives a Nominating Speech
    Jane Addams broke many barriers in the pursuit of suffrage, one of which being that she was the first woman to give a nominating speech at a major party convention. She seconded the nomination of Theodore Roosevelt as the Progressive Party’s candidate for the presidency.
  • U.S. Neutrality

    U.S. Neutrality
    President Wilson declared America was to be neutral in regard to World War I, though he would later change his mind as the war progressed.
  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation
    The film The Birth of a Nation was released, depicting the new era KKK as "a protector of feminine virtue and white racial purity."
  • The Lusitania Sinks

    The Lusitania Sinks
    The LMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a German ship, and hundreds of American lives were lost.
  • The Death of Booker T. Washington

    The Death of Booker T. Washington
    Famous for his autobiography, Up From Slavery, as well as being a recognized leader in regard to solving racial tensions in America, Booker T. Washington died on November 14, 1915.
  • The U.S. Enters World War I

    The U.S. Enters World War I
    Congress passed the vote to declare war on Germany and enter World War I.
  • The Red Summer of 1919

    The Red Summer of 1919
    Violence surrounding racial tensions broke out across the nations, including in large cities such as Chicago and Washington D.C.