College History 2 Timeline

  • Freedmen's Bureau Established

    Freedmen's Bureau Established
    Freedmen's Bureau is established to help former slaves through the ensuing tough times.
  • Lincoln Assasinated

    Lincoln Assasinated
    In Ford's Theater, only a few days after the end of the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln.
  • Reconstruction Begins

    Reconstruction Begins
    Johnson attempts to follow in Lincoln's footsteps by isssuing a Reconstruction Proclamation.
  • Ku Klux Klan

    Ku Klux Klan
    The Ku Klux Klan was founded by a group of people.
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    The 14th Amendment guarantee's rights of blacks and ensured their citizenship.
  • Alaska purchased

    Alaska purchased
    United States purchased Alaska from Russia.
  • President Grant

    President Grant
    Ulysses S. Grant is elected into office after defeating Seymour.
  • Transcontinental Railroad Complete

    Transcontinental Railroad Complete
    Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad connect the country by railroad.
  • Fisk and Gould Scandal

    Fisk and Gould Scandal
    Fisk and Gould convinced the government not to release gold, and bought gold themselves. They drove the price very high, before Grant realized what had happened.
  • Fifteenth Amendment

    Fifteenth Amendment
    The 15th Amendment guarantees citizens the right to vote without discrimination against race.
  • Tweed Scandal

    Tweed Scandal
    "Boss" Tweed controls polictics in New York with one of the most well known and corrupt political machines to date.
  • Credit Mobilier scandal

    Credit Mobilier scandal
    The Union Pacific Railroad Company hired themselves at inflated prices as the Credit Mobilier company.
  • Panic of 1873

    Panic of 1873
    A panic in the market causes an economic depression.
  • Compromise of 1877

    Compromise of 1877
    Republicans and Democrats agree on Rutherford B. Hayes becoming president, but only if soldiers are pulled from the South, thus ending Reconstruction.
  • Edison Invents Lightbulb

    Edison Invents Lightbulb
    Thomas Edison develops efficient carbon filament lightbulb.
  • James A. Garfield elected as president

    James A. Garfield elected as president
    Garfield defeats Hanock to become the 20th President.
  • Arthur Becomes President

    Arthur Becomes President
    Chester Arthur becomes the third President to serve in the year 1881 after Garfield is assasinated.
  • Garfield Assasinated

    Garfield Assasinated
    Charles J. Guiteau shoots President Garfield. He would die eleven weeks later on September 9.
  • American Federation of Labor

    American Federation of Labor
    Samuel Gompers founds and leads the American Federation of Labor to relative success in skilled workers benefits.
  • Cleveland for President

    Cleveland for President
    Grover Cleveland is elected President after defeating Blaine.
  • Pullman Strike

    Pullman Strike
    Employees of Pullman Palace Car Company go on strike. It was the first time troops were used to break up a strike.
  • Cubans Revolt

    Cubans Revolt
    After oppressive Spanish rule, Cubans begin their revolt.
  • Utah admitted to Union

    Utah admitted to Union
    The 45th state admitted to the Union.
  • U.S.S. Maine explosion

    U.S.S. Maine explosion
    Mysterious explosion of the U.S.S. Maine is final spark needed to start the Spanish-American War. It was later discovered that the Maine exploded due to a boiler room problem.
  • Teller Amendment

    Teller Amendment
    America pledges that if they help Cuba to defeat Spain, they will let Cuba have its independence.
  • Spanish-American War

    Spanish-American War
    After a dispute over Cuba and the Maine, President McKinley agrees to send American to war, and Congress declares a state of war.
  • Manila Bay Victory

    Manila Bay Victory
    Theodore Roosevelt ordered George Dewey to attack the Spanish Philippines.
  • Hawaii annexed

    Hawaii annexed
    Despite some discontent with the natives, Hawaii is annexed partly due to the work of buisnessmen with crops there.
  • Acquired Philippines

    Acquired Philippines
    U.S. Senate ratifies the treaty with Spain and gains Philippines despite opposition from much of the public.
  • Philippine Rebellion

    Philippine Rebellion
    The Philippines apparently did not want to be annexed and rebelled soon after. They were led by Emilio Aguinaldo.
  • Open Door Note

    Open Door Note
    John Hay sent a request to the European powers to agree to trade with China but not monopolize the country.
  • Foraker Act

    Foraker Act
    Granted Puerto Rico limited degree of popular government.
  • McKinley vs Bryan

    McKinley vs Bryan
    McKinley defeats Bryan for the presidency by 292 to 155 electoral votes.
  • McKinley assasinated

    McKinley assasinated
    McKinley assasinated while at the New York Exposition. Roosevelt would assume the presidency.
  • Filipino Rebellion defeated

    Filipino Rebellion defeated
    The Filipino Rebellion officially ends, although scattered fighting would continue until 1913.
  • US leaves Cuba

    US leaves Cuba
    US troops are pulled out of Cuba after Spanish-American War.
  • Platt Amendment

    Platt Amendment
    Cubans were forced to write it into their Constitution after US helped them defeat Spain. It gave certain rights to the US.
  • Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine

    Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine
    Roosevelt takes the Monroe Doctrine in a different light and said that if the Latin Nations got into financial trouble, the US would take them over and pay off their debts.
  • Panama Canal

    Panama Canal
    Construction on the Panama Canal begins.
  • Oklahoma admitted to the Union

    Oklahoma admitted to the Union
    Oklahoma was the 46th state admitted to the Union.
  • Great White Fleet

    Great White Fleet
    Roosevelt thought he would show the Japanese that the US were not afraid of them with a huge fleet of ships.
  • Standard Oil Antitrust Case

    Standard Oil Antitrust Case
    The Supreme Court ruled that the Standard Oil Company had used unlawful practices, and split it up.
  • U.S. Steel Anti-Trust Act

    U.S. Steel Anti-Trust Act
    Taft pushes an anti-trust case against US steel. This greatly angers Roosevelt.
  • Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
    Due to fire code violations and bad working conditions, many women were burned or jumped to their death.
  • Seventeenth Amendment

    Seventeenth Amendment
    The 17th Amendment which meant that U.S. Senators would be elected directly by the people.
  • Taft beats Roosevelt

    Taft beats Roosevelt
    Taft defeats Roosevelt for the Republican nomination.
  • Wilson Defeats Taft

    Wilson Defeats Taft
    Woodrow Wilson is elected as President after Roosevelt and Taft split the Republican Party.
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    The 16th Amendment allows the government to tax citizen's incomes.
  • Federal Reserve Act

    Federal Reserve Act
    The act put the Federal Reserve into practice, which gave the United States a central banking system.
  • World War I in Europe

    World War I in Europe
    Beginning with the assination of Franz Ferdinand, the first World War would include many countries and have many deaths.
  • Federal Trade Commission

    Federal Trade Commission
    The Federal Trade Commission is established to protect the consumer and regulate any buisness practices determined to be unfair.
  • Lusitania Attacked

    Lusitania Attacked
    The British passenger liner was torpedoed and sank, killing 1,198, 128 of whom were Americans.
  • Wilson Defeats Hughes

    Wilson Defeats Hughes
    Woodrow Wilson narrowly defeats Charles Evans Hughes for the Presinecy.
  • Pancho Villa raids New Mexico

    Pancho Villa raids New Mexico
    Pancho Villa and his men went into New Mexico and killed 19 Americans.
  • Sussex Ultimatum and Pledge

    Sussex Ultimatum and Pledge
    Germany were forced to make the Sussex pledge after sinking ships with American civilians on it, which said that Germany wouldn't sink civilian ships without warning.
  • Zimmerman Note

    Zimmerman Note
    The Zimmerman note was a secret note sent from Germany to Mexico, proposing an alliance if the US were to enter the war.
  • United States buys Virgin Islands

    United States buys Virgin Islands
    The United States purchased the Virgin Islands from Denmark in the Treaty of the Danish West Indies.
  • United States enters WWI

    United States enters WWI
    Woodrow Wilson makes the decision to enter WWI after being provoked by Germany numerous times.
  • Espionage Act of 1917

    Espionage Act of 1917
    Law passed to make spying illegal.
  • Red Scare

    Red Scare
    Politicians and people accused others of being communist and prosecuted communists.
  • Wilson's 14 Points

    Wilson's 14 Points
    Wilson lays down his expectations for the war.
  • Sedition Act of 1918

    Sedition Act of 1918
    Act that allowed the government to imprison anyone who goes against the government.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Treaty of Versailles
    The Treaty of Versailles ends World War I
  • Volstead Act

    Volstead Act
    Law that enforced the 18th Amendment.
  • Warren G. Harding

    Warren G. Harding
    Warren G. Harding becomes the president of the US
  • Sacco and Vanzetti

    Sacco and Vanzetti
    Sacco and Vanzetti were arrested and executed, and many thought it was because they were communists.
  • 19th Amendment

    19th Amendment
    The 19th Amendment allows women the right to vote.
  • Washington Disarmament Conference

    Washington Disarmament Conference
    European Leaders met in Washington to discuss the disarmament of the nations.
  • FDR pulls out of London Conference

    FDR pulls out of London Conference
    Roosevelt leaves London Economic Conference, which Hitler will later use as propoganda against capitalism.
  • US recognizes Soviet Union

    US recognizes Soviet Union
    US chooses to recognize Soviet Russia, in hopes that they will join with the Allied Powers against the Axis Powers.
  • Tydings-McDuffie Act

    Tydings-McDuffie Act
    Plan to allow Philippine independence on July 4, 1946
  • Mussolini invades Ethiopia

    Mussolini invades Ethiopia
    Italy invades Ethiopia under Mussolini and crushes them. Ethiopia fights back without success.
  • Neutrality Acts of 1935

    Neutrality Acts of 1935
    Basically in response to Italy's take over of Ethiopia, US makes it clear that we will not interfere with other nations' problems.
  • Spanish Civil War

    Spanish Civil War
    A civil war in Spain allows for another dictator to takeover. America chooses to stay uninvolved, which hurts us in the long run.
  • Japan Invades China

    Japan Invades China
    Japan invades China in what has been called the first battle of WW2.
  • Panay Incident

    Panay Incident
    US ship attacked by Japan, though they apologized.
  • Hitler seizes Austria

    Hitler seizes Austria
    Hitler takes Austria without protest or violence.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor forces America into the war.