History Project

  • Election of 1828

    Election of 1828
    In the election of 1824 the people who voted for Andrew Jackson, instead of John Quincy Adams, felt like it was unfair because they felt like their say in the vote wasn't there. The next election in 1828 Jackson and his supporters worked really hard for him to be the next president and their efforts paid off. He was the next United States president, and for once the election was fair. This is important to American culture because it was the first time that the election was finally fair.
  • Publishing of Webster's Dictionary

    Publishing of Webster's Dictionary
    Webester's dictionary was first published in 1828 by Noah Webster. Noah Webster was a teacher and a lawyer. The Webster's dictionary included American spellings and American slang. It was origionaly called the American Dictonary of the English Language. It was later revised in 1840. This is important to American culture because it influenced writers to write in a more American way, instead of a British way of writing.
  • Lowell Girls Labor Strike

    Lowell Girls Labor Strike
    Lowell Massachusetts girls labor strike took place in 1835 and 1836. The labor strike was where the Lowell Girls all stopped working, demanding better working conditions. Working in a factory was boring, loud, and unsafe. The girl's strike ended in 1837 because jobs became scarce and they didn't want to lose their jobs. This is significant because, even though the Lowell Girls didn't do much, they got the working hours down to 10 from 12 1/2.
  • The Battle of the Alamo

    The Battle of the Alamo
    The battle of the Alamo was fought between the Mexicans and the Texans. The Texans didn't want to be a part of Mexico any more so they resisted Mexican rule. The Texans made the Mexicans leave the Alamo, an old mission where they were staying. This angered Santa Anna - the Mexican President - so he sent 6,000 soldiers to get it back. The Texans were out numbered and they lost the Alamo. This is important because it showed the Texans how hard it would be to gain their independence from Mexicao.
  • Beginning of the Trail or Tears

    Beginning of the Trail or Tears
    The trail of tears started in the winter of 1838. This happened because the people in Georgia were forcing them to move into the land set aside for the Indians, called Indian Territory, President Jackson made the Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and the Seminoles had to relocate to Indian Territory. This is significant to American culture because how they treated the Native Americans during the trail of tears is also how they will treat them for a long time to come.
  • The Death of Joseph Smith

    The Death of Joseph Smith
    Joseph Smith was killed by an anti-morman mob in 1844. He was one of the people who had migrated to Utah on the Morman Trail because of his religion. These people were a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. People thought that polygamy -which Smith praticed- was wrong, so they he got killed by a mob. This is significant because even though there is freedom of religion there are still people out there who are discriminated against because of their religious practices.
  • Irish Potato Famine

    Irish Potato Famine
    The Irish Potato famine was in 1845. This was where a disease attacked the potatoes in Ierland. This was their main food source, so many people were killed or had to leave their homes. Tn 1854 1.5 - 2 million people had left their homes. These people mostly fled to America, but because they had no money they had to do very hard work for a living. Many of them ended up dying. This is significant because a lot of Irish people migrated to America.
  • Thoreau writes Walden

    Thoreau writes Walden
    Henry David Thoreau, encouraged by his teacher Ralph Waldo Emerson, moved into a simple cabin near Walden pond to write a book. Thoreau wrote his book - Walden, which was about life in the woods - in 1845. He also thought that the spititual world was more important than the real one. This type of thinking was called transcendentalism. He and Emerson were the leaders of that. This is important to American culture because it taught people about transcendentalism, and what it's about.
  • Frederick Douglass Publishes Autobiography

    Frederick Douglass Publishes Autobiography
    Frederick Douglass published his autobiography in 1845. It was about life as a slave. Many slave families were seperated, and so was Douglass's. His mother lived 12 miles away, aand sometimes would come visit him, but only at night. She was rebelling by seeing him and later in his life he rebelled by escaping to the North. This was important because it showed that slaves wern't worthless, and showed about their lives.
  • Beginning of the California Gold Rush

    Beginning of the California Gold Rush
    The California gold rush started in 1848 becauseJames Marshall found gold while building a sawmill. The news about his discovery was sent to Washington, and then it was everywhere. A year later thousands of forty-niners were rushing to California by boat, by train, and by trail. Many different went to work in the mine. Mining was hard work and very few people got rich from mining. This is impornant to America because around 250,000 people moved to California, making huge cities in the process.
  • End of Mexican War

    End of Mexican War
    The Mexican War ended on February 2, 1848 because of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The Mexican war stated because of disagreements between Mexico and America about land and country borders. The United States tried to buy the land for $25 million, but they declined. It ended because Mexico City was captured by Scott. The treaty said that Texas was part of the United States, and the Rio Grande was the border. This is important because America gained a lot of land, becoming it's current shape.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    Seneca Falls Convention
    The Seneca falls convention was held on July 19 and 20, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. Lucretia Mott and Elisabeth Cady Stanton hosted this event. This convention was held for women's rights. The women wrote a '"new" Decloration of Independence called the Decloration of Sentimentals and Resoultions.They said that all people are equal. This is significant because all the women came together to try and change women's rights. Their efforts continued and by 1865, 29 states gave women more rights.