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American History

  • Fort Sumter Attacked

    Fort Sumter Attacked
    As the Southerners want to Major Anderson to leave the south and surrender he refused to surrender and then the fire and begin the south bombarded Fort Sumter from all sides. After hours, Anderson realized that he had no chance to win and that they were running out of food and ammunition and his forces were out numbered. He surrendered the fort to the Southern army. No one died in the battle of Fort Sumter.
  • The Homestead Act passed

    The Homestead Act passed
    The Homestead Act was passed by the federal government to encourage Americans and immigrant families to move west. The Homestead Act was passed in order to help poor families who could not afford land. It granted 160 acres of land for free.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The battle took place near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Robert E Lee invaded the north hoping to defeat the union army once and for all but Robert E Lee and the confederate army delayed, which led to the Union army to have time to set up their defenses the union army outnumbered the Confederate army and this led to Robert E Lee‘s defeat and the Confederate army to retreat. The battle took three days, there were around 46,000 casualties which included nearly 8000 deaths.
  • Lincoln Assassinated

    Lincoln Assassinated
    When Lincoln was attending a play at the Ford Theatre in Washington DC, he was sitting in the presidents box with his wife and another couple. When the play reached the point where there was a joke and the audience laughed loudly. John Wilkes Booth entered into the presidents box and shot Lincoln in the back of his head and then John Wilkes Booth jumped out of the box and escaped.
  • 13th Amendment Ratified

    13th Amendment Ratified
    The 13th Amendment was ratified by the states on December 6, 1865. It abolished slavery “within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Congress required former Confederate states to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment as a condition of regaining federal representation.
  • Johnson’s Impeachment

    Johnson’s Impeachment
    A month after the Tenure of Office Act was passed, Johnson violated the Tenure of Office Act by firing Edwin Stanton without consent from the Senate which led to his impeachment but he was acquitted by one vote.
  • Invention of the Barbed Wire

    Invention of the Barbed Wire
    In Dekalb, Illinois, Joseph Glidden won a patent for a mechanically produced barbed wire fence. Glidden was not the first person to receive a patent for a barbed wire fence, but his design proved the most effective and led to widespread use.
  • The Battle of Little Bighorn

    The Battle of Little Bighorn
    Also called Custer's Last Stand, marked the most decisive Native American victory and the worst U.S. Army defeat in the long Plains Indian War. The demise of Custer and his men outraged many white Americans and confirmed their image of the Indians as wild and bloodthirsty.
  • End of Reconstruction

    End of Reconstruction
    The compromise of 1877 helped lead to the end of reconstruction. The compromise give Rutherford B. Hayes the presidency. A special commission of Congress awarded the election to Hayes which promptly mark the end of Reconstruction.
  • The Brooklyn Bridge finished

    The Brooklyn Bridge finished
    The Brooklyn Bridge, Roebling's last and greatest achievement, spans New York's East River to connect Manhattan with Brooklyn. When completed in 1883, the bridge, with its massive stone towers and a main span of 1,595.5 feet between them, was by far the longest suspension bridge in the world.
  • The Statue of Liberty dedicated

    The Statue of Liberty dedicated
    Sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. Over the years, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized the freedom and the democracy of the United States.
  • Plessy Vs. Ferguson court rules

    Plessy Vs. Ferguson court rules
    After Homer Plessy refuses to give up his seat in the white only section in the train, he is arrested and then his case is taken to the Supreme Court. The court rules that segregation was legal as long as facilities were “separate but equal”
  • Remember the Maine!

    Remember the Maine!
    President McKinley sent a battleship called The Maine to Cuba to protect Americans and their properties. But the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor, Cuba. 260 sailors were killed so the Americans believed that it happened because of Spain. This was the “spark” of the war because this event, “Remember the Maine!” became the rallying cry.
  • U.S Declares war on Spain

    U.S Declares war on Spain
    Following the mysterious explosion of the battleship U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor. The U.S immediately assumed that it was the Spanish who did it and declared war. The war was fought in Cuba and in the Philippines.
  • President McKinley is shot

    President McKinley is shot
    After the war, McKinley ran for second term as President and Theodore Roosevelt became the Vice President but after a while, McKinley was shot and Theodore Roosevelt took over the office and served for the rest of McKinley’s term.
  • The Women’s Suffrage march

    The Women’s Suffrage march
    The woman's suffrage movement march was important because it resulted in passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which finally allowed women the right to vote.
  • Ida B. Wells dies

    Ida B. Wells dies
    Ida B. Wells died of kidney disease at the age of 68, in Chicago, Illinois. Wells left behind an impressive legacy of social and political heroism. With her writings, speeches and protests, Wells fought against prejudice, no matter what potential dangers she faced.