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American History 1

  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    A confederate orchestrated bombardment on the union territory, Ft. Sumter. The attack was in retaliation of Abraham Lincoln sending supplies to the fort. Surprisingly, there were no casualties on either side. This conflict officially marks the beginning of the American civil war.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    The battle of Antietam was a brutal engagement fought in the midst of Maryland following an invasion from the Confederates into the north. The battle itself is singlehandedly the bloodiest day of the entire war with both sides suffering heavy casualties. It was significant because it was the first Union declared victory after the Confederates had to retreat back to the south.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The most gruesome battle of the Civil War that resulted from the Confederates final attempt to invade the north. The battle lasted for 3 days in the town of Gettysburg in which the Union successfully defended. By far, the battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest conflict of the war with over 51,000 casualties.
  • The American Frontier

    The American Frontier
    The frontier was a movement of westward expansion in America. From the results of the civil war, many traveled west to escape the destruction that it had left it behind and settled in the old west. The frontier ended in 1890 after the Bureau of Census was passed.
  • Lee’s Surrender

    Lee’s Surrender
    After 4 years of fighting, Robert E. Lee finally surrenders and agrees to meet with Ulysses S. Grant to discuss terms. The location they decided on was the McLean family house “The Appomattox Courthouse”. This event officially ended the American civil war.
  • Lincoln’s Assassination

    Lincoln’s Assassination
    On the evening of April 15, 1865, president Lincoln was attending the famous play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s theater with his wife. During the play, the assassin by the name of John Wilkes Booth snuck past security and fatally shot Lincoln in the head. Abraham
    Lincoln later died in the following morning.
  • Military Reconstruction Acts

    Military Reconstruction Acts
    The military reconstruction acts were a series of laws put in place to govern the south after the civil war. These acts divided the rebel states in exchange to be readmitted to the United States.
  • Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad
    The transcontinental railroad was a 1,911 mile track that connected the west to the east. The railroad started in Sacramento and stretched out to Omaha. It was officially finished in 1869 when the two railroads connected at Promontory Summit, Utah.
  • The Battle of Little Bighorn

    The Battle of Little Bighorn
    A fierce clash between the Native Americans and the U.S army in the plains of Montana. The U.S. forces led by George Custer were swiftly defeated by the natives as a result from the army’s bad tactics. This battle was significant because it was the first Native American victory over the army.
  • The Compromise of 1877

    The Compromise of 1877
    This compromise was an agreement between the Republican party and Democrat party in the election of 1876. Because there was no true winner of the election, the parties decided that the Republican candidate (Rutherford B. Hayes) could be elected only if plans for reconstruction were stopped. This event officially marked the end of the south’s reconstruction.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge

    The Brooklyn Bridge
    Designed by John Roebling, the Brooklyn Bridge was the world’s first suspension bridge. With a main span of 1,595 feet, the bridge opened on May 24, 1883 after 15 years of construction. The bridge was significant because it demonstrated America’s ingenuity.
  • Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty
    The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France as an honor of America’s independence in 1876. Designed by Frederic Bartholdi, the statue was shipped to America in parts and took 10 years to fully construct the magnificent structure.
  • The Jim Crow Era

    The Jim Crow Era
    The era of Jim Crow were a series of laws put in place to discriminate against African Americans. One of these laws included segregation which separated black and white people in public facilities. The origin of Jim Crow came from a minstrel character.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    A Supreme Court case on the laws of racial segregation. The case began with Homer Plessy, a 1/8 African white man who was denied service in a whites only train car. Despite Plessy’s efforts, the court ruled that segregated facilities were ‘separate but equal’.
  • Sinking of the USS Maine

    Sinking of the USS Maine
    During a period of high tension with Spain, the USS Maine was stationed near Havana Harbor, Cuba when suddenly an explosion rocked the naval ship. 268 of the crew members were killed and the blame of the ship’s sinking was put on Spain. This event officially began the Spanish-American war.
  • Battle of Manila Bay

    Battle of Manila Bay
    An intense naval battle in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war. In just over 6 hours, Commodore George Dewey completely defeated the Spanish naval fleet and was a huge victory for the U.S.
  • Battle of San Juan Hill

    Battle of San Juan Hill
    The battle of San Juan Hill was fought between the U.S. and Spain in Cuba. Led by the rough riders, the Spanish were defeated quickly and the Americans gained a significant advantage in the war. Most notably, Theodore Roosevelt was one of the many rough riders that fought in the battle.