Nate's U.S. History Time Line

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    The New Nation

  • George Washington's Election

    George Washington's Election
    George Washington was elected as our first president because he defeated the British army for our independence and everyone loved him. He can be credited for having one of the greatest impacts on shaping our country. He chose our capitol cities location, established a presidential cabinent, and established the precedent of two terms in office.
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    Expansion and Reform

  • Midnight Judges

    Midnight Judges
    John Adams appointed people from his party to the newly made circut judge positions in his last hours of presidency so Thomas Jefferson couldn't. Jefferson stoped as many of these as possible and Judiciary Review was made because of it.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    Louisiana Purchase
    Thomas Jefferson approved the buying of the Louisiana Territory from Napolean in 1803 so we could expand westward and so Napolean could pay for his war. Jefferson did not like the idea of buying the land because he felt that because it was not stated in the constitution, it should not be done. He did it anyways.
  • Battle of New Orleans

    Battle of New Orleans
    The British tried to attack and capture the city of New Orleans and gain access to the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. General Andrew Jackson marched his troops south to New Orleans and recruited many men from all around the country to help defend the city. They not only defended the city and their positions flawlessly, but defeated the whole attacking British force. The British had signed a peace treaty three weeks earlier.
  • Nationalism vs. Sectionalism

    Nationalism vs. Sectionalism
    After defeating the British, the country developed a sense of national pride. America started buying goods only made in the U.S. This was also because the British taxed everything and we did NOT want to support them.
  • Industrial Revolution

    Industrial Revolution
    The Industrial Revolution caused a boom in the work progress in the country. Factories in the North, huge cotton plantations in the South, cattle ranches in the West, and railroad lines combining all of it. The U.S. was growing fast.
  • Invention

    The Guilded Age was sparked from many different inventions. Henry Bessemer revolutionized a new way to make stronger, cheaper steel for railroads and buildings. Samuel Moorse invented the telegraph. This small device made instant communication possible between any two places.
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    The American Civil War and Reconstruction

  • Slavery

    Large plantations in the south were worked by black slaves brought to the U.S. from Africa. These slaves were treated poorly and worked in horrible conditions.
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    The American Frontier

  • Lincoln's Presidency

    Lincoln's Presidency
    President Lincoln was elected as the 16 president of the U.S. His election is directly related to the start of the Civil War. His mission as president was to preserve, protect, and defend the Union. He was assassinated after the war by a southern sympathizer named John Wilkes Booth.
  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The Civil War was a a war between the North and South. The war lasted many years and ended with General Sherman marching through the South and sourounding General Robert E. Lee and forcing him to surrender for the South. The war was fought over states rights, taxes, and slavery.
  • Seward's Folly

    Seward's Folly
    Seaward's Folley was the name given to the purchase of Alaska from Russia. Many thought that buying Alaska was a waste. They turned out to be wrong.
  • Native Americans

    Native Americans
    With the Westward expansion came the greed for land and power. Americans started restricting the Native Americans and the Indians fought back. One famous battle in the Indian wars was The Battle of Little Big Horn.
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    The Guilded Age

  • Immigration

    As industry grew, so did the amount of immagrants. Inbetween 1870 and 1910, more immagrants came into the U.S. than there were previous citizens. They brought their families, friends, money, customs, ways of life, traditions, religion, and for some, every worldly possion they owned.
  • Moving West

    Moving West
    American expansion westward was fueled by the hunger for land and money. Americans believed it was their mission to inhabit all of the land from East Coast to West Coast. They called this, Manifest Destiny.
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    The Age of Imperialism

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  • The Populist Party

    The Populist Party
    The Populist party was formed by farmers and small business men. They thought that the government should step in to help them and change the way the government ran.
  • Segragation

    After slavery was banned, many states made laws that forced the segregation of blacks and whites. These were called Jim Crow Laws. Many consider this segragation to be worse than slavery.
  • Industrialization

    With the massive influx of immagrsnts came cheap labor, terrible conditions, and few select individuals who became very, VERY rich. Some of these men include J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and J.D. Rockafeller.
  • Spanish American War

    Spanish American War
    The Spanish American War started when the USS Maine was blown up and the U.S. blamed Spain for doing it. This led to a war between the U.S. and current day Mexico. Two famous men in the war was Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa.
  • Annexation of Hawaii

    Annexation of Hawaii
    In 1898, Hawaii annexed to the U.S. This allowed us control over the islands natural resources like sugar and pineapples. This also gave us a foothold in the Pacific.
  • Technology

    New technoology in the Progressive Era changed people's lives then and now. Electricity made everyday life easier while the Wright Brothers established the base of all air travel today.
  • Muckrakers

    Many low, scandalous, dirty, bad, and wrong things happened in the big cities at the time and who else but Muckrakers like Jacob Riis, Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and Ida Tarbell to report on the issues like bad work conditions, bad living conditions, and bad mannagement.
  • Henry Ford

    Henry Ford
    Henry Ford started a new type of business with principles like the assembly line, paying his workers five dollars a day, and wanting his workers to buy the company's cars. He wanted to make a cheap affordable car for the common everyday man to buy.
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    The Great War

  • Alliances

    WW1 started with the assassination of Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand. This caused Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia. Russia steped up to support Serbia. Germany sided with A-H. France took Russias side. The Ottoman Empire joined Germany. England took France and Russias side. Thats how The Great War started.
  • America in WW1

    America in WW1
    America joined the war for many reasons. Some are the sinking of the Lusitania, the interception of the Zimmerman telegraph, and all of the anti-German propoganda. Once America joined the war, the Allies started advancing much more than before.
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    The Great Depression

  • Prohibition

    The U.S. passed the 18th Ammendment to make all alcohol illegal. This completely backfired and caused people to do anything to avoid the law. This involved bribery, gangs, moonshine, and the creation of NASCAR.
  • Roarin 20's

    Roarin 20's
    The roarin 20's was a time for change. American literature, women, music, and entertainment all changed drasticly. Flappers, Jazz, spectator sports, and the Harlem Renaissance all left their mark in the 20's.
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    WW2 and the Cold War

  • League of Nations

    League of Nations
    The League of Nations was the group formed at the end of WW1 to promote peace and decide how Germany would repay for the war that they lost and got blamed for. The U.S. didn't join because they were too harsh on Germany and the whole thing failed.
  • Pacific Theator

    Pacific Theator
    The Pacific Theator starts with Japan attacking the U.S. at Pearl Harbor. The U.S. later on won the battle at Midway and pushed Japan all the way back to their home island where we dropped two nuclear bombs on them.
  • European Theator

    European Theator
    The European Theator starts on D-Day with the invasion of Normandy. The European Theator was fought on two fronts. On the Eastern front was the Germans fighting the Soviet Union. On the Western front was the Germans fighting Americans with support from the British, Canadians, and French Resistance.
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    Recovery, Prosperity, and Turmoil

  • Pre-Cold War

    Pre-Cold War
    The Cold War started around the end of WW2. The U.S and the USSR only tollerated each other to defeat Germany. After the war, a nuclear arms race started and became a huge game of chicken.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    The U.S. was in a nuclear arms race with the USSR with each country trying to one up the other and get the upper hand. All the while, the U.S. was trying to prevent communism from spreading to any other countries.
  • Vietnam

    The Vietnam war was started when N. Vietnam sunk two U.S. ships and tries to invade S. Vietnam. The U.S. pushed them all the way back to China, then left. N. Vietnam rushed into S. Vietnam and won the war.
  • Civil Rights

    Civil Rights
    The civil rights movement was started because of the Vietnam war and the public being able to see the horrible things that happened in war. This also started the counterculture movement that promoted world peace.
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    The U.S. since the Vietnam War

  • Iran Hostage Crisis

    Iran Hostage Crisis
    Iranians overtook the U.S. Embassey and took hostages. They were held hostage for 444 days. President Carter is blamed for this incident.
  • The Fall of the Berlin Wall

    The Fall of the Berlin Wall
    The fall of the Berlin wall is the official mark of the end of the Cold War. The fall of the wall allowed Germans to go to both sides of Berlin and stopped the horrible rule over them by Soviet Russia.
  • 9/11 Terorist Attacks

    9/11 Terorist Attacks
    The attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon were acts of terrorism by a group in the Middle East known as Al-Queida. this attack was the direct cause of the Patriot Act and the war on terrorism that we are currently still fighting.