American History from 1877 to 1920

  • Rise Of Industrial America

    In the decades following the Civil War, the United States emerged as an industrial giant. Old industries expanded and many new ones, including petroleum refining, steel manufacturing, and electrical power, emerged.
  • The American Federation of Labor

    Samuel Gompers led the Cigar Makers’ International Union to join with other craft unions in 1886. The American Federation of Labor. With Gompers as its president, focused on collective bargaining, or negotiation between representatives of labor and management, to reach written agreements on wages, hours, and working conditions.
  • Pullman Strike

    The workers at Pullman's Factory rufused to work after Pullman had announced wage cuts and firings. The supreme court defended the factory by breaking up the unions and the strikes.
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    The Supreme Court said that segregation was legal, using the "separate but equal" doctrine as justification.
  • The 14 Points

    Wilson's new plan to keep another war from happening. Some points include freedom of the seas, a worldwide open door policy, and the most important was the establishment of the League of Nations. This was designed as a way for countries to mediate one another.
  • World War 1

    Turning to diplomacy and military operations, the reasons for Allied success are assessed. The holocaust, use of atomic bombs, and how the war transformed the world and the place of the United States in it are examined.
  • The American West

    The completion of the railroads to the West following the Civil War opened up vast areas of the region to settlement and economic development. White settlers from the East poured across the Mississippi to mine, farm, and ranch.