HIST152 US History Timeline

  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    The 'California Gold Rush' refers to the period when many people migrated to California in order to mine for gold. The gold was first found in 1848. This event led to the migration of many Chinese immigrants.
  • Civil War

    South Carolina seceded from the United States and this triggered the series of events that led to a Civil War between the North and South states of the country.
  • The Emancipation Proclimation

    The Emancipation Proclimation
    President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 which officially freed all of the slaved held in the Southern states of the United States.
  • Reconstruction

    'Reconstruction' refers to the era after the Civil War when both parties of the war reconciled in order to unify the country. This is also when the Thirteenth Amendment was added to the U.S Constitution.
  • Jim Crow laws

    Jim Crow laws
    Jim Crow laws are laws enacted in the South after the Civil war that discriminated against African Americans and led to them being treated as second class citizens.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Immigrants from China started coming to the U.S from the beginnings of the 1800s, but after gold was discovered in California, they started coming more and more. Many White Americans did not like this, and this led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1877.
  • Pullman Strike

    Pullman Strike
    Railroad cars factory workers in the Pullman Company decided to go on a major strike after the company let go of many workers and cut wages by 25%. The strike led to railroad service in the U.S to be disrupted across the country and it only ended when the U.S Army intervened.
  • U.S declares war on Germany

    The Civil War started in other countries in 1914, however, the U.S did not get involved until Germany started sinking American ships. The Zimmerman telegram, which had Germany suggesting to Mexico to invade the U.S, was the last straw.
  • National Prohibition Act

    National Prohibition Act
    For many reasons, including increase in gang violence and illegal production of alcohol, the United States decided to ban liquors.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    Many reasons led to the Great Depression, one of them being the Stock Market crash. This era led to many people losing their jobs causing poverty.
  • Bombing of Pearl Harbor

    Bombing of Pearl Harbor
    On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed a U.S Naval Base in Hawaii. With this, and with Japan, Italy, and Germany declaring war on the U.S, the United States entered World War II.
  • Japanese Interment in the U.S

    Japanese Interment in the U.S
    Due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S started forcing Japanese immigrants and Japanese-American citizens into camps. The reasons that the U.S used to justify this is national security due to the conflict with Japan.
  • Re-Election of FDR

    Re-Election of FDR
    Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd U.S President and on November 7, 1944, he was re-elected for the fourth time for his fourth consecutive term as President.
  • Bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima

    Bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima
    On August 6, 1945, the United States, for the first time in history, dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, another bomb was dropped in Nagasaki, Japan.
  • The Cold War

    Following World War II, the United States worked to combat Communism from the Soviet Union.
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Brown v. Board of Education was a 1954 Supreme Court case in which racial segregation in public schools was unanimously voted as unconstitutional.
  • John F. Kennedy Assassinated

    John F. Kennedy Assassinated
    On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
    The Watergate Scandal is one of the biggest political scandals in recent U.S history. It started when members of President Nixson's Administration breaking into the building of the Democratic National Party. There were also many other events in this scandal and many pieces of evidence that President Nixon was involved. He became the first U.S President to resign in 1974.
  • Operation Desert Storm

    Operation Desert Storm
    This operation was authorization by the U.S Congress for U.S troops to start the military campaign to begin forcing Iraq out of Kuwait. This event signifies the first time the U.S was directly involved in Middle Eastern and Islamic affairs.
  • War on Terror

    War on Terror
    'War on Terror' is a campaign by the United States that started after the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC. This event trigger the United States occupation in Afghanistan that lasted more than two decades.