American History

  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    The discovery of gold led the world into a frenzy. Everyone was doing what they could to get to California in hopes to strike it rich. Sadly very few got rich but the journey and time panning for gold probably made for good stories.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    The first win for the Confederacy. A battle won with no casualties on either side. Took place in South Carolina. This was also the start of the war.
  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    The homestead act of 1821 allowed people to go west and claim land. This was to hopefully get people to move west. To no one’s surprise it worked and western expansion was on a roll.
  • The fall of New Orleans

    The fall of New Orleans
    In April David Farragut captured New Orleans. By May Benjamin Butler had earned his nickname "The Beast". Shortly after word of what was going on in New Orleans spread. Butler and his men were quickly deemed outlaws by Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. I couldn’t find a specific date but it happened in April.
  • Ida B. Wells

    Ida B. Wells
    Was born into slavery in 1862. She was freed after the war. Her parents got involved in their local Republican Party.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    This is the single bloodiest day in modern American history with 20,000 casualties in a single day.
  • The 13th Amendment

    The 13th Amendment
    Passed on January 31st, 1865. The 13th amendment made slavery illegal in the US.
  • Freedman’s Bureau

    Freedman’s Bureau
    Established on march 3rd, 1865 the freedman’s bureau was made to help black people get on their feet after being freed. They provided food, shelter, medical services, land, and clothes to the freed black people.
  • Grandfather Clause

    Grandfather Clause
    If your grandfather had the right to vote so do you. A way of keeping black people from voting while allowing poor illiterate whites to vote. Worked because there’s no arguing who you’re related to.
  • Transcontinental Railroad

    Transcontinental Railroad
    First speedy coast to coast transportation the U.S. had seen. Stretches from Sacramento to Omaha. Helped provide jobs to people from all sorts of industries.
  • Lady Liberty

    Lady Liberty
    Gifted by the French in 1876 Lady Liberty was given to us as a sign of friendship 100 years after the American revolution. Her full name is Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World. The designer is Fredric Augusta Bartholdi.
  • Compromise of 1877

    Compromise of 1877
    Made to break the tie in votes in the election of 1876. Gave the republicans the office as long as the democrats got an end to reconstruction. Made Rutherford B. Hayes president. The vote went to congress where the deal was presented.
  • Plessy V. Ferguson

    Plessy V. Ferguson
    Homer Plessy sat in the white only car on a train. He said that his constitutional rights were violated. The Supreme Court disagreed and pretty much said segregation is fine as long as it’s equal.
  • The Maine Gets Attacked

    The Maine Gets Attacked
    The USS Maine was “attacked”. This drew us into the Spanish American war. We later found out that it was an explosion in the ship that caused it to sink.
  • U.S. Declares War on Spain

    U.S. Declares War on Spain
    Two months after the “attack” on the uss Maine the U.S. declares war on Spain. The U.S. had been thinking about entering the war before the attack but after the Maine they had to enter.
  • Platt Amendment

    Platt Amendment
    The Platt amendment was the grounded for the Cuba-U.S. relations. Made Cuba a territory of the U.S. Was something they wanted.
  • The Chrysler building

    The Chrysler building
    The Chrysler building was dubbed the tallest building. This only lasted for a year and the Empire State Building went up in 1931 and took the title of tallest building. Battle for tallest building has been going on since skyscrapers were created.