Chapter 2 Timeline

  • Women’s Rights Convention at Seneca Falls

    A women’s rights convention took place at Seneca Falls where the Declaration of Sentiments was read, which was patterned after the Declaration of Independence but said all men and women were created equal. The convention also demanded women’s suffrage, or the right to vote.
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    Jim Crow Era

    The Jim Crow Era is a dark period in US history where Jim Crow laws (laws that legally segregated black people) were in place.
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    Progressive Era

    A time period in US history where many ideas of a “new” way of life and government rose up; there was much social disagreement with the way the nation was run at this time, so “progressive” steps were taken.
  • Booker T. Washington publishes “Up From Slavery”

    Booker T. Washington was a former slave who became an abolitionist. “Up From Slavery” is Washington’s autobiography.
  • Theodore Roosevelt becomes President

    Roosevelt was Vice President and, when the president was assassinated, Roosevelt took hold of the office.
  • W.E.B. DuBois established the Niagara Movement

    The Niagara Movement called for civil liberties for blacks, an end to discrimination, and a call for recognition of brotherhood between blacks and whites.
  • Publication of the Jungle by Upton Sinclair

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair highlighted the terrible working conditions in American Factories, especially in meat-packing factories in Chicago. It also called for empathy for immigrants seeking what Sinclair believed was the non-existent American Dream. It was significant because it led to many reforms in the nation and new laws and agencies that ensured factories were safe, and products were good.
  • Passing of the Meat Inspection Act

    This law said that all meat products had to be inspected and reach a certain quality level to be placed on the market.
  • Creation of the Food and Drug Administration

    The intended job of the FDA was to ensure that all food that was put on the market was of quality and safe, and that drugs (medicines) were not hallucinogenic and safe to consume.
  • 16th Amendment Ratified

    The 16th amendment allowed congress to collect income tax
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    William Howard Taft’s Presidency

    Taft defeated William Jennings Bryan to become president in 1909.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Company Tragedy

    A factory in the US caught on fire, and because of the bad working conditions and non-regulated building laws, over 100 people die within minutes because the doors were locked to prevent theft. This situation highlighted the need for better working conditions in factories.
  • 17th Amendment Ratified

    The 17th amendment established direct election of senators from each state by the people.
  • Woodrow Wilson elected President

    Woodrow Wilson defeated Taft and Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 election.
  • The Federal Reserve Act established

    The Federal Reserve is the national banking system of the United States
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    World War 1

  • 18th Amendment Ratified

    The 18th amendment established prohibition, or the banning of alcohol.
  • Ratification of the 19th Amendment

    The 19th amendment granted women suffrage (the right to vote).
  • First National Election All American Women Could Vote