American History 2019-2020

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In History
  • Homestead Act of 1862

    Homestead Act of 1862
    It allowed any American, including freed slaves, to claim 160 acres of free land. This was an especially important for westward expansion, as it drove many in that direction.
  • Last Spike Ceremony is held

    Last Spike Ceremony is held
    After six years of work, the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads met Promontory Point, Utah, marking the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
  • Enforcement Act of 1870

    Enforcement Act of 1870
    The Enforcement Act of 1870 (along with the two others Acts from 1871) were made in an attempt to restrict the KKK. They largely failed, however, as local law enforcement did little to actually enforce the acts.
  • The 15th Amendment is ratified

    The 15th Amendment is ratified
    The Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution is ratified. It prevents the government from denying people voting rights based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." However, it did not allow women to vote, which angered many.
  • Battle of Little Big Horn

    Battle of Little Big Horn
    The Battle of Little Big Horn, also know as Custer's Last Stand, was a battle between the US Army and various Native American tribes. Prior to the battle, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer had tried to make the Natives move to a reservation, which they refused to do. Custer and his men were heavily outnumbered, and they were all killed.
  • Wild Bill Hickok is killed

    Wild Bill Hickok is killed
    On August 1st of 1976, folk hero Bill Hickok was playing poker in a saloon in Deadwood when Jack McCall came up behind him and shot him in the back of the head. It has been said that he was holding a two-pair of black aces and black eights at the time of his death: this particular combination is now know at the dead man's hand.
  • Jesse James is killed

    Jesse James is killed
    Jesse James was the leader of the James-Young Gang, and the brother of Frank James. He had just eaten breakfast with new gang recruit Robert Ford, and as they conversed in the living room, he noticed that a painting was crooked. As he stood to adjust it, Ford shot him from behind and killed him.
  • Dawes Act is implemented

    Dawes Act is implemented
    Henry Dawes, an American congressman, introduced the Dawes Act in an attempt to assimilate Native Americans. It was largely unsuccessful.