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Pre-Reconstruction America

  • Oct 12, 1492

    Columbus Arrives

    Columbus Arrives
    In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue! On this date in time Christopher Columbus and his ships landed on the Americas and created history.
  • Aug 9, 1526

    Slavery Begins in the English Colonies

    Slavery Begins in the English Colonies
    On this day the first African slaves arrived in America.
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    Sir Walter Raleigh Roanoke Island Settled and Disappears

    A group of settlers arrived to the “new land” and settled down. They then disappeared and no one knows what happened. The only things they left behind were two clues. A word carved into a tree and a word carved into one of their gate posts.
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    Life of Anthony Johnson in Virginia

    He was an African who either worked as a slave or an indentured servant on a tobacco plantation. Anthony nearly died multiple times but eventually had a family and lived on a rented piece of land. He died there.
  • Jamestown Established

    Jamestown Established
    A group of settlers landed in Virginia and created the famous Jamestown settlement. It became the first permanent settlement.
  • Plymouth established with Mayflower Compact

    Plymouth established with Mayflower Compact
    The mayflower compact created laws for the pilgrims. It was a short document stating that they would stay loyal to the king.
  • Pennsylvania Colony Established

    On this date in time the king signed the charter of Pennsylvania allowing it to be a colony.
  • Salem Witch Trails

    Salem Witch Trails
    The Salem Witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts.
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    First Great Awakening

    This was a period when spiritually and religious devotion were revived.
  • Albany Plan by Ben Franklin Begins to Unite American Colonies

    Albany Plan by Ben Franklin Begins to Unite American Colonies
    This plan was to create a unified government for the 13 colonies. It was suggested by Benjamin Franklin.
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    7 Years War “French and Indian War”

    After years of conflicts between the Americans and the French the Americans finally declared war on the French. It ended up involving multiple other countries and creating wars between other countries.
  • Stamp Act

    Stamp Act
    The stamp act taxed American colonists on all legal documents. It’s as placed on them by the British without their consent.
  • Andrew Jackson as President

    He gained popularity after being the U.S. army general and was then elected to be our 7th president.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    It was a deadly riot. It started as a street argument between American colonists and a British soldier and ended up being a chaotic event.
  • Boston Tea Party

    Boston Tea Party
    American colonists were mad at the British tea tax so they dressed up as Native Americans and dumped tea into the harbor.
  • FIrst Continental Congress Does NOT Seek Independence

    FIrst Continental Congress Does NOT Seek Independence
    Rather then trying to go for independence they passed and signed the Continental association which put a boycott on all British goods.
  • Second Continental Congress DOES seek independence

    They met after the revolutionary war had begun and officially declared independence from Britain.
  • Battles of Lexington and Concord

    These battles kicked of the revolutionary war.
  • Articles of Confederation

    They were the first constitution of the United States.
  • Britain Surrenders Revolutionary War

    The British surrendered in the siege of Yorktown.
  • Shays Rebellion

    It was an armed uprising by veterans of the war who were in opposition of the debt crisis and not getting much anything for fighting the war. It was started and led by Shay.
  • Constitutional Convention

    During the Constitutional convention they were dividing how America would be governed.
  • Constitution Ratified

    New Hampshire was the 9th to ratify the constitution so it became the official framework of the government of the United States of America.
  • George Washington Becomes First President

    George Washington fought hard and did many great things for America so they thought it would be best for him to be the first president and he was. But he stepped down after some years because he didn’t want to become like a king.
  • Washingtons Farewell Address

    This was his “I’m retiring from being president” letter to the people.
  • Alien and Sedition Acts

    The Alien and Sedition Acts were a series of four laws passed by the U.S. Congress in 1798 amid widespread fear that war with France was imminent. The four laws restricted the activities of foreign residents in the country and limited freedom of speech and of the press.
  • Thomas Jefferson Elected President

    Thomas Jefferson was elected to be president.
  • Louisiana Purchase

    This was when the U.S. bought Louisiana from France because France needed the money which is why they sold it.
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

    It was the expedition to cross the newly acquired western land after the Louisiana purchase.
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    War of 1812

    It was a war between the U.S. and its allies and Britain and their allies.
  • Monroe Doctrine

    The doctrine warns European nations that the United States would not tolerate further colonization or puppet monarchs.
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    Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850 was a package of five separate bills passed by the United States Congress in September 1850 that defused a political confrontation between slave and free states on the status of territories acquired in the Mexican–American War.
  • Fugitive Slave Act Passed

    The act required that slaves be returned to their owners, even if they were in a free state. The act also made the federal government responsible for finding, returning, and trying escaped slaves.
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin Published

    It is an antis-slavery novel that was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe. The novel had a profound effect on attitudes toward African Americans and slavery in the U.S. and is said to have "helped lay the groundwork for the Civil War".
  • Missouri Compromise

    In an effort to preserve the balance of power in Congress between slave and free states, the Missouri Compromise was passed in 1820 admitting Missouri as a slave state and Maine as a free state.
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    Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas, Bloody Kansas, or the Border War was a series of violent civil confrontations in Kansas Territory, which emerged from a political and ideological debate over the legality of slavery in the proposed state of Kansas.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    The Dred Scott decision was the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that having lived in a free state and territory did not entitle an slaved person, Dred Scott, to his freedom.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency.
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    Civil War

    It was fought between northern states loyal to the Union and southern states that had seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America.
  • Frederick Douglass joins the Abolitionist Movement

    Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who became a prominent activist, author and public speaker. He became a leader in the abolitionist movement, which sought to end the practice of slavery, before and during the Civil War.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It said "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • 13th-15th Amendments Pass, Become Law

    They were the first amendments made to the U.S. constitution in 60 years. Known collectively as the Civil War Amendments, they were designed to ensure the equality for recently emancipated slaves.
  • Lincoln Assassinated

    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated by well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth while attending the play Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
  • I Am Born

    I Am Born
    On this date in time I, Emmakate, was born just outside of Detroit Michigan.
  • Joining OLY

    Joining OLY
    On this date in time I joined OLY swimming. This started what would become lifelong friendships, traveling the country with some of my best friends, and getting to meet olympians and wear gold medals. I am still swimming on OLY today.
  • Came to OCS

    Came to OCS
    On this date in time I came to Oakland Christian School. I came in 3rd grade.
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    Switching Schools

    In November of 2019 I decided to move to Lake Orion High school. This was a big change but lots of good came from it.
  • Coming Back

    Coming Back
    I decided to come back to OCS. I am happy with my decision. Although I loved Lake Orion the switch back was the right move!