19th Century

By madlane
  • Louisiana Purchase

    The French sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States. The U.S. paid a total cost of 15 million dollars. We gained 14 of our current states with this purchase. The U.S. had wanted the territory since 1801, but gained it in 1803 when Robert Livingston finally signed the treaty. This all happened during the time period when Thomas Jefferson was president, which was a highlight of his presidency.
  • The Erie Canal

    Settlers needed the Erie Canal to make it easier to travel and transport goods. Before the Erie Canal, people had to travel on land, which took a lot longer. The Erie Canal also gave New York and New York City. It effected America becuase it changed transportation. It made things easier and faster. It was a very important highlight of America's history.
  • Panic of 1837

    In 1836 a United States Bank was made. Money quickly depreciated. Americans needed money to pay off their debts and so the banks were giving out too many loans. About 800 banks closed their doors in 1837, causing bankrupt to numerous businesses, including many of the banks. About 10% of all Americans were unemployed at one time.
  • Mexican-American War

    The war was over boundaries. The U.S. wanted more territory and to extend its boundaries. The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on Feb 2, 1848, ending the war.
  • Lincoln Assassination

    Our president, Lincoln, was at Ford's Theatre with his wife and two friends watching a performance when he was shot in the back of the head, causing him to die the next day. They had known he would not survive. John Wilkes Booth was the confederate that shot him. He had wanted to overthrow the federal government because he favored slavery. This is important to America's history because it is because of Abraham Lincoln that we do not have slavery today.
  • Abolishment of Slavery

    Slavery was abolished by the 13 th Amendment which was ratified December 8, 1865. Although Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, it only freed few slaves. It was meant to end slavery in the south, not throghout the U.S. During the civil war, southerners kept slaves illegaly. It was not until the war was over that slavery finally ended.