Lies My Teacher Told me Timeline

  • Shay's Rebellion

    Took place in Massachusetts in 1786 and 1787. The rebellion was named after Daniel Shay. It started on August 29, 1786.
  • Constitutional Convention

    Took place in 1787. It was in the State Houes located in Philadelphia. The same place where the Declaration of Independence was signed 11 years before. For 4 months 55 delegates from several states met to frame a constitution. They wanted it to last into “remote furutity.”
  • Judiciary Act 1789

    It was authored by Senators Oliver Ellsworth and William Paterson and signed into law by Pres. George Washington on Sept. 24, 1789. What this act did was create the US court system, establishing a three-part judiciary made up of district courts, circuit courts, and the Supreme Court. It also outlined the structure of each branch. It was created so that the government would be balanced out and one part of the government wouldn’t have all of the power.
  • Whiskey Rebellion

    A tax protest by the United States citizens in 1791. They were protesting Alexander Hamilton’s tax on whiskey, in which he was going to use the tax money to pay off debt. Citizens were fed up with the taxes, and protested against the government because of it.
  • XYZ Affair

    A diplomatic incident during 1797-98 between America and France that almost led to war. Although no official war broke out, it tainted the publics opinion of the US.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    Signed into law by President John Adams in 1798, the Alien and Sedition Acts consisted of four laws passed by the Federalist-controlled Congress as America prepared for war with France. These acts increased the residency requirement for American citizenship from five to fourteen years, authorized the president to imprison or deport aliens considered "dangerous to the peace and safety of the United States" and restricted speech critical of the government.
  • Second Great Awakening

    Second Great Awakening
    Marked by an emphasis on personal piety over schooling and theology. It also hit every aspect of life as well. Women also had a much greater impact in the Second Great Awakening which led to Womens rights.
  • Revolution of 1800

    his was a monumental moment in the development of America. In 1800, Thomas Jefferson narrowly beat John Adams to become president, as this was the first time in America that the power had changed from one party to another. Later, Thomas Jefferson went on to call this the “Revolution of 1800”
  • Marbury v. Madison

    A land mark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    US bought a huge amount of land from France and in doing so it greatly expanded the US and its territory.
  • Embargo Act 1807

    A general embargo enacted by the United States Congress against Great Britain and France during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Nonintercourse Act 1809

    This Act lifted all embargoes on American shipping except for those bound for British or French ports. The intent was to damage the economies of the United Kingdom and France. It was mostly ineffective, and contributed to the coming of the War of 1812.
  • Macon’s Bill No. 2 1810

    Intended to motivate Britain and France to stop seizing American vessels during the Napoleonic Wars. This bill was a revision of the original bill by Representative Nathaniel Macon, known as Macon's Bill Number 1. The law lifted all embargoes with Britain and France (for three months
  • War of 1812

    The immediate causes of the War of 1812 were a series of economic sanctions taken by the British and French against the US as part of the Napoleonic Wars and American outrage at the British practice of impressment, especially after the Chesapeake incident of 1807.
  • Treaty of Ghent

    The Treaty of Ghent signed on 24 December 1814, in Ghent (modern-day Belgium), was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Election of 1816

    With James Monroe winning the 1816 election, it ended the Federalist party and started what is now known as the era of good feelings.
  • McColluch v. Maryland

    This court case ruled in favor of McCulloch by finding that Congress had a constitutional power to establish a national bank and states could not legally interfere with federal law.It established the principle of implied powers through a broad interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, giving Congress an expanded role in governing the nation.
  • Election of 1824

    No presidential candidate had received a majority electoral vote and because of that it went to the House of Representatives. The house then elected John Quincy Adams, and it is believed that Henery Clay convinced congress to elect him. For the next 4 years Jackson accused Adams of being corrupt which ultimately changed the election in 1828.
  • Election of 1828

    In a rematch of the 1824 election Jackson one the election this time. He campaigned for four years saying that Adams won because of a "corrupt bargain". The significance of this election is up for debate, but many say that this election was really the start of the modern day two party system.
  • Indian Removal Act 1830

    Was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson. It called for all of the Native American population to live on the west side of the Mississippi River. White farmers thought that is was there land and that they owned it and they made a heavy push to get this law passed. Once they did Indians moved west, many died, and anger grew between the Americans and the Indians.
  • Nullification Crisis

    The Nullification Crisis was a conflict between South Carolina and the Federal Government. It was an arguement over two tarrifs, in which South Carolina felt like it was a tax on the south, as the tarrifs was on imports coming into America.
  • Second Bank of United States

    Nicholas Biddle was president of the Second Bank of United States, and Jackson was fighting for the money power. In 1836 Jackson didn't renew his charter and it then expired.
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    This was an act that congressman Henery Dawes of Massachusetts sponsered, which encouraged the break up of Natice American tribes and then led to Native American assimilation.
  • Wounded Knee

    Wounded Knee
    The U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry surrounded a band of Ghost Dancers under Big Foot, asking them to hand over all of their weapons. A fight then broke out and a shot was fired, it isn't certain from which side it came from but a bloddy massacure insued of 150 people dying.
  • Founding of the NAACP

    Founding of the NAACP
    This was an organization set up that advocated for the rights of Colored People. It was founded on the fact that all people were created equal. It was also the first African American civil rights group.
  • Red Summer

    Red Summer
    The Redd Summer was race riots that occurred in more than three dozen cities in the United States during the summer and early autumn of 1919. This led to intense race riots and led to the awakening of the Negro.
  • Election of 1932

    Election of 1932 was the election that send FDR into office for what would be 4 terms. This election was also during the great depression and because of the election FDR was able to restore the economy and end the depression.
  • New Deal

    Series of economic programs created by FDR. America was in the worst economic depression in the history of the USA and it needed to be fixed. So FDR created this "New Deal" that restoted the peoples trust in banks, and really the economy as a whole.
  • Attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    The United States of America drops the first atomic bomb in the history of the world on Hiroshima. Three days later they dropped a bomb in Nagasaki Japan, ultimately making Japan surrender and end the war.
  • Truman Doctrine

    A speech made by President Truman that stated that the U.S. would support Greece and Turkey with economic and military aid to prevent their falling into the. This ultimately lead to the beginning of the Cold
  • Creation of NATO

    On April 4th 1949 12 nations signed the NATO treaty, which included the United States. It made sure that if any of these 12 nations were attacked, that they would all go to battle for each other. This gave the United States and the other 11 nations a sense of security, knowing that they had the best support if a World War or any type of war broke out.
  • Fall of China to Communism

    After many years of war, Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong declared the creation of the People's Republic of China. This led to the "fall" of mainland China to communism in 1949 and the United States suspended diplomatic ties with the PRC for decades.
  • Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. America was determined to not lose another country to communism and when the North Korean troops invaded the South, America took action. The war officially ended in July of 1953.
  • Election of 1952

    This was an important election during this time period, as it was right in the middle of the cold war. Dwight D. Eisenhower won the election, ending 20 consecutive years of Democratic control of the White House.
  • First Red Scare

    First Red Scare
    The origin of the Red Scare came from a Russin Revolution of communist, as they took control of Russia. This caused panic in America as they thought that communist were taking over. Americans started to question immigrants and wonder if they were secret commuisists.
  • Harlem Renaissance

    Harlem Renaissance
    The Harlem Renaissance was a time when the new Negro came about. It was a time when they gained hope and pride with themselves and this all started in Harlem. Streets filled with Native Americans playing Jazz and uplifting eachother and it started the African American movement.