Westward expansion begins in 1840. Ideas such as manifest destiny were main causes of the expansion with the idea of white americans having a right to go west. The Homestead Act and California gold rush only furthered this expansion and number of people moving.
Reconstruction Era Begins
The Reconstruction Era is kicked off in 1865 beginning with the president's plan to restore the union. This comes with the 10% plan, Ironclad Oath, and the 13th Amendment
Andrew Johnson Impeachment
President Andrew Johnson is impeached amongst other radical reconstruction era changes such as the 15th amendment, women's suffrage, and black political movements.
The industrialization period kicks off thanks to the inventions of the time from the likes Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. Wealthy giants such as Morgan, Rockefeller, and Carnegie funded the building of industrial America.
The Gilded Age
The 1876 election set the tone for the gilded age. With events such as the civil services, Crédit Mobilier of America scandal, and the bloody shirt campaign. Lots of immigration as the US grew economically from industrialization.
The reconstruction era comes to an end with the election of 1876. Ideas such as building black communities begin to fall apart amongst the emergence of the KKK in the south.
Urbanization continued it's growth in the late 1800's with skyscrapers, better forms of communication, and electrical lighting. This brought about some changes with it as new roles came about for women in the middle class, machine politics, and immigration changes.
An important era that at the grassroots level believed in, Taylorism, state-level reforms, direct primary, progressive taxes, etc. This was even in the White House with the Square Deal.
The Spanish-American war started and ended in 1898. While the war was short lived, America gained imperial acquisitions by the wars end.
World War I
Beginning in 1914 and ending in 1918, World War I was a global conflict that saw many young American men on the battlefield. Patriotism was at a high with rationing and overall frugal societal consumption for the war effort.
The Jazz Age
American society saw big changes in society during the 1920's. With Charlie Chaplin, Jazz music, Ford motors vehicles, Baseball, the emergence of the KKK, etc.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression began in 1929 with a massive economic shock. It was a struggle for many to find jobs. This in turn, led many to poverty and homelessness.
The false accusations that were unfair and untrue accusations made against young black men. This sparked a huge controversy in AMerica, especially over race.
FDR and the New Deal
Franklin Roosevelt is elected president in 1932 and with it brings some much needed changes during the Great Depression. The New Deal was heavily promoted by Roosevelt as means to help the US out of the Great Depression.
World War II
World War II was very prevalent in American history. Pearl Harbor, bombings of Japan, propaganda, and the battle of Iwo Jima and Pearl Harbor were key events that marked America's involvement.
The US and Russia began a standoff with serious competition mixed in post-WWII after the fall of Japan and Nazi Germany. The competition was based heavily around an arms race and space race.
Headed by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. And Malcolm X, there was a heavy push for racial equality during the post WWII era. Events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Brown V. Board of Education, and the Little Rock Nine.
JFK and 1960's America
JFK became U.S. president during an eventful decade in American history both during and after his assassination in 1963. Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Cuban Missile Crisis, Voting Rights Act, and the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson were hot topics and events of this decade.
Protests in the 1970's
Peace was a popular word used in many protest forms during the 1970’s. Many women’s rights protests took place during the 1970’s which called for women to be able to take on higher roles in society outside of the household. The AIM flag also included a peace sign in their showings in support of American Indians.
Democratic committee building broken into. Investigation into this led to connections to U.S. president Richard Nixon and his eventual resignation in 1974. Nixon was revealed to have known about and cover up the break in. This led to a heavy amount of public distrust in the government.