American History

  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    Battle of Fort Sumter
    South Carolina was the first state to secede and the government demands the North leave the fort. The government starts to fir on the fort until Anderson and his troops surrender. There were no casualties. This was considered the start of the war.
  • 1st Battle of Bull Run

    1st Battle of Bull Run
    This is also called the battle of Manassas. It’s considered the first actual “real” battle of the civil war. This is also where Stonewall Jackson received his nickname from standing his ground in front of his opponents. The South win the battle.
  • Pickett’s Charge

    Pickett’s Charge
    George Pickett was general for the Confederate army. He was known for Pickett’s Charge which was a charge attempt to break Union Line but it failed. This was part of the battle of Gettysburg
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment was passed during Lincoln’s presidency. It was the ending of slavery. It guaranteed that all slaves could be freed although the news wasn’t completely spread until months later.
  • Grandfather Clause Eligibility

    Grandfather Clause Eligibility
    The grandfather clause said that if your grandfather was eligible at a certain time then you were also. This mostly applied to white men, considering most blacks grandfather was not able to vote. The eligibility date of the grandfather was as follows.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment was passed during the reconstruction period. It said that all people can be citizens and guaranteed citizenship rights to all people. This included former slaves.
  • Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
    The transcontinental railroad was an effort to make a railroad that would reach across the country. The Central Pacific Railroad helped plan the route that would be taken. The two companies reached at Promontory Point, Utah.
  • Election of 1872

    Election of 1872
    Grant ran for president against Horace Greeley. He was known as a better general than he would be president, but despite this, he still won. Horace actually died November 29, 1872 meaning he wouldn’t have even lived long even to serve if he did win and become president.
  • Patent on Barbed Wire

    Patent on Barbed Wire
    Many new inventions were being created to make life easier. An important part out west was cattle ranching. To keep them on the correct property, Joseph Glidden invented barbed wire and received a patent on it.
  • Gifting of Statue of Liberty

    Gifting of Statue of Liberty
    The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. It was given to us as a gift of celebration for the anniversary of our Independence. The Statue of Liberty was engineered by Frederic Bartholdi.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Opening

    Brooklyn Bridge Opening
    The Brooklyn Bridge was engineered by John Roebling. It was a new amazing landmark. It was significant because at the time it was the worlds longest suspension bridge.
  • Ida B. Wells Refused Her Seat

    Ida B. Wells Refused Her Seat
    Ida B. Wells was a former Mississippi slave who gained her freedom. She was an advocate for anti-lynching. She is most famous for refusing her first-class train car seat.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Plessy v. Ferguson
    Homer Plessy refused his seat in a train car after being asked to move. He was only 1/8th black but was still asked to be removed and was arrested. The Supreme Court ruled “separate but equal”.
  • The USS Maine Explodes

    The USS Maine Explodes
    The USS Maine was a battleship sent to Cuba to protect American citizens and property. It exploded in Havana Harbor and 260 Americans were killed. Many people believed it was Spain’s fault.
  • Congress Declares War on Spain

    Congress Declares War on Spain
    The USS Maine was the catalyst event to the start of the war with Spain. America felt sympathy towards Cuba yearn for freedom. After the explosion, Congress declared war on Spain.
  • The Golden Spike Ceremony

    The Golden Spike Ceremony
    The transcontinental railroad was an effort to make tracks across the country. They completed the tracks May 10, 1869. There was a ceremony held to remove the golden spike at the site for World War II efforts.
  • Philippines gain Freedom

    Philippines gain Freedom
    America helped fight for the freedom of the Philippines. We fought against Spain for their freedom. They were purchased for 20 million dollars from Spain at the end of the war.