American History

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  • Jamestown founded

    Jamestown founded
    Jamestown was America's first permanent settlement.
  • Three Things

    Three Things
    Three things happened this year:
    - the first legislative government was established.
    - The first slaves arrived in America
    - The first families arrived in Jamestown
  • Pilgrims

    Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock. America's first colony to be based on religious principles.
  • Puritans

    Puritans came to Massachusetts. The first large wave of immigrants come to America, bringing a unique perspective on life.
  • Anne Hutchinson

    Anne Hutchinson
    Anne Hutchinson was banished from Massachusetts for religious views. She then founded Rhode Island. She was arrested, put on trial, and banished from the colony with many of her supporters. the fled and founded the colony of Rhode Island.
  • King William's War

    King William's War
    This was the beginning of the hostilities between the Native Americans, the Colonists, the British, and the French.
  • Witch Trials

    Witch Trials
    Salem witch trials show that America is susceptible to mass hysteria.
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  • The French and Indian War

    The French and Indian War
    War between French and British with Native tribes on both sides. Fought over land and trade that would result in France losing land and the English in serious debt.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    Americans were taxed for stamps without being able to vote. American colonists were upset by The Stamp Act. King George thought he would remind them of his power by sending more troops to Boston.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The tension between the colonies and the British became violent. John Adams was a lawyer and lived in Boston. He heard about the event and learned that no one would defend the British Soldiers at the trial. He had to decide whether he would defend these soldiers, or not. John Adams chose to represent the soldiers. He defended them well, and most of them were forgiven and set free. Two of them received lighter sentences.
  • The Boston Tea Party

    The Boston Tea Party
    Americans were so upset by the Tea Act of 1773 that they destroyed a shipload of tea. Americans were getting more upset. England was taxing, and America didn't get a say.
  • The Battle of Lexington and Concord

    The Battle of Lexington and Concord
    "The shot heard round the world." The battle of Lexington and Concord begins. The Revolutionary War begins.
  • Independence

    The Declaration of Independence was signed. The 13 Colonies officially said, "We're not British anymore!"
  • Constitution

    The US Constitution was signed. The United States created its own form of government.
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  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    President Thomas Jefferson authorized the purchase of the Louisiana territory from France and almost doubled the size of the United States.
  • War of 1812

    War of 1812
    War between Britain and America lasted for two and a half years over trade and naval restrictions.
  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad
    In 1830 the "Underground Railroad" was established. A network of secret routes and safe houses to help slaves escape to freedom in the North.
  • Morse Code is Created

    Morse Code is Created
    In 1844 - Samuel Morse sent the first telegraph message. This changes the face of communication for the entire world and allows information to spread more quickly and easily than ever before.
  • Abe Lincoln is Elected President

    Abe Lincoln is Elected President
    After Abraham Lincoln was elected the US President. Shortly after his election, the Confederate States secede from the Union, starting the Civil War.
  • Abraham Lincoln is elected President

    Abraham Lincoln is elected President
    Abraham Lincoln was from the northern part of the country and wanted to put an end to slavery. The southern states didn't want him president or making laws that would affect them.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina was the first state to secede, or leave, the US. They decided to make their own country rather than be part of the USA. Within a few months, several other states including Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana would also leave the Union.
  • The Confederation is formed

    The Confederation is formed
    The southern states formed their own country called the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis is their president.
  • The Civil War Begins

    The Civil War Begins
    Hostilities began when Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter, a key fort held by Union troops in South Carolina.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    On July 1-3, 1863 the Battle of Gettysburg happened. The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest Civil War Battles and a turning point of the war, leading to a union victory in the war.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Lincoln issues an executive order freeing slaves.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    A major battle where the North not only wins the battle but starts to win the Civil War.
  • The Civil War Ends

    The Civil War Ends
    General Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederate Army, surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at The Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
  • Lincoln was Assassinated

    Lincoln was Assassinated
    On April 14, 1865, Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln was assassinated 5 days after the surrender of Robert E. Lee (after the Civil War ended)
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  • The First Car

    The First Car
    Henry Ford built the Model T. He created the assembly line to mass-produce cars. This is what is known as the Second Industrial Revolution. The assembly line revolutionizes American industry.
  • The Stock Market Crashed

    The Stock Market Crashed
    This was the beginning of the Great Depression. Millions of people lost their jobs. It was a time of hunger and uncertainty. Roosevelt creates numerous government programs to try and combat this during the following decade.
  • Pearl Harbor was attacked

    Pearl Harbor was attacked
    WWI was fought 20 years ago. Now Europe and Japan were at war again. Japan conducted a sneak attack on Hawaii. This brought us into the war.
  • The US drops two atomic bombs on Japan to end WWII

    The US drops two atomic bombs on Japan to end WWII
    This ushers in the nuclear age. After WWII the cold War begins with the Soviet Union. We engage in a missile race with the Soviet Union for the rest of the century.
  • Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus

    Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on the bus
    This ushers in the Civil Rights movement. In 1964 the Civil Rights Legislation was passed. And in 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated.

    We finally put a human being on the moon!! This took a decade of dedicated effort. There were six manned US landings between 1969 and 1972. A total of 12 individuals have stepped foot on the moon.
  • The Berlin War was torn down

    The Berlin War was torn down
    The Berlin Wall was torn down and the Cold War ended. For forty years we had been in a "Cold War" with the Soviet Union. With the collapse of the Berlin Wall in Germany, the Cold War came to an end.
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  • Terrorists hijacked four aircraft

    Terrorists hijacked four aircraft
    Two were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington D. C. Passengers overpowered the hijackers on the fourth plane and crashed it into rural Pennsylvania.
  • Afghanistan vs America

    Afghanistan vs America
    Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 9-11 attacks. he was being sheltered in Afghanistan. When the Afghani government refused to turn him over America went to war in Afghanistan. In 2003, Gulf War II, America invaded Afghanistan to capture the terrorists and oust the Taliban. After this, the US carried out a preemptive strike against Iraq, to find Weapons of Mass Destruction, WMDs, and in particular to stop Saddam Hussein from making nuclear weapons No weapons were found.
  • Hurricane Katrina

    Hurricane Katrina
    Hurricane Katrina was one of the costliest natural disasters in US history. It cast 125 billion dollars in damage. When the levees broke large parts of the New Orleans were submerged. 1,245 people died during this time.
  • Social Media

    Social Media
    In 2006, the creation of the virtual community, found in Internet companies such as Facebook, My Space, and Twitter. I wish that we hadn't created social media.
  • The Great Recession

    The Great Recession
    The Great Recession was the most signigicant economic downturn since WWII. This recession lasted from Dec 2007 until Jun 2009
  • Osama bin Laden is Killed

    Osama bin Laden is Killed
    After more than a decade, Osama bin Laden is killed during a raid in Pakistan. After years of looking the CIA tracked him down and on May 2nd, Navy Seals stormed his compound and killed the originator of the 9-11 attacks.
  • The Coronavirus Pandemic

    The Coronavirus Pandemic
    The Coronacirus? COVID 19 started in Wuhan China. March 11, declared a worldwide Pandemic. A new Upper respiratory disease that is highly contagious. The total cases in the US as of 2022 are 80,648,481. And the total deaths in the US as of April 2022 are 987,601.