Declaration of Independence to Declaration of War

  • Industrial Revolution

    Industrial Revolution
    The Industrial Revolution was revolutionary because it changed the productive capacity of England, Europe, and the United States.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    Also known as the American Revolutionary War, arose from growing tensions between residents of Great Britain's 13 North American colonies and colonial government which represented the British crown.
  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    The most cherished symbol of liberty written by Thomas Jefferson.
  • Articles of Confederation

    Articles of Confederation
    Was adopted by The Continental Congress and was the first constitution of the United States.
  • Constitution Convention

    Constitution Convention
    In order to address problems in governing the United States of America.
  • The Constitution

    The Constitution
    The supreme law of the United States of America. The first three Articles of the Constitution establish the rules and seperate powers of the three branches of the federal government.
  • 3/5 Compromise

    3/5 Compromise
    An agreement between the northern and southern states to count each slave as 3/5 of a person, or count only 3/5 of the population of slaves for tax purposes.
  • Bill of Rights

    Bill of Rights
    It is actually the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, and was written by James Madison.
  • The Cotton Gin

    The Cotton Gin
    A machine that seperates cotton from its seeds, created by American inventor Eli Whitney.
  • Doctrine of Nullification

    Doctrine of Nullification
    States could set aside federal laws.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The acquisition by the United States of America in 1803 of 828,000 square miles of France's claim to the territory of Louisiana.
  • States Rights

    States Rights
    In U.S. politics, it refers to political powers reserved for the U.S. state governments rather than the federal government according to the Tenth Amendment.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    It was passed in 1820 between the pro-slavery and anti-slavery factions in the United States Congress, involving primarily the regulation of slavery in the western territories.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    It was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830. The act authorized him to negotiate with the Native Americans in the Southern United States for their removal to federal territory west of the Mississippi River in exchange for their homelands.
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    It was a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia during August 1831.
  • Mexican-American War

    Mexican-American War
    It was an armed conflict between the United States and Mexico from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    It was a package of five bills passed in the United States in September 1850, which defused a four-year confrontation between the slave states of the South and the free states of the North regarding the status of territories acquired during the Mexican-American War.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    It's an anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War", according to Will Kaufman.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    It created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, opening new lands for settlement, and had the effect of repealing the Missouri Compromise of 1820 by allowing settlers in those territories to determine through Popular Sovereignty whether they would allow slavery within each territory.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    It was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Nationalism

    The devotion and loyalty to one's own country.
  • John Brown's Raid

    John Brown's Raid
    It was an attempt by the white abolitionist John Brown to start an armed slave revolt in 1859 by seizing a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.
  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad
    It was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century black slaves in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    It was the 19th quadrennial presidential election.