Progressive Era

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  • Alaska is purchased from Russia

  • Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
    Travel from the East Coast to the West Coast meant riding for months and days in a wagon or stagecoach, but when the Transcontinental Railroad was completed it changed the American way. A railroad that was built for the travel of those who wished to reach the West Coast at an affordable price. This railroad helped the immigration of moving westward as jobs became more available and cities began to splendor.
  • John D. Rockefeller started Standard Oil

    John D. Rockefeller started Standard Oil
    An American company, built by one of the biggest and most known business men, completely changed the oil production. By opening this company Mr. Rockefeller had almost all control over all oil production, processing, marketing, and transportation in the United States. This was the opening of one the largest refineries in Cleveland, that provided many jobs and oil for all the people.
  • Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone

  • Thomas Edison brings light to the world with the light bulb

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

  • Samuel Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL)

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

  • Ellis Island Opens

    Ellis Island Opens
    Ellis Island was a key spot for immigration on the East Coast. It helped transport millions of immigrants who desired to come to the New World for freedom and opportunity. Many people from Northern Europe used this island in order to archive their goals, coming to America.
  • Carnegie Steel’s Homestead Strike

  • Plessy v Ferguson

    Plessy v Ferguson
    This was a huge Supreme Court decision that affected the constitutionality of racial segregation by creating the "separate but equal" doctrine. This case came from an incident in 1892 when a train passenger Homer Plessy refused to sit in a car for only blacks. Refusing Plessys argument that his rights were violated the Supreme Court ruled a law that "implies merely a legal distinction".
  • The U.S. declares war on Spain

  • Hawaii is annexed

  • Rudyard Kipling published “The White Man’s Burden” in The New York Sun

  • The start of the Boxer Rebellion

  • The peak year of immigration through Ellis Island

  • The Philippine Insurrection comes to an end starts WWI

  • Tenement Act

    Tenement Act
    As a reform of the Progressive Era, the New York State Tenement House Act was a law that banned the construction of dark, poorly ventilated tenement buildings in the state of New York. Many immigrants lived in these tightly packed apartments with up to 10 people living in a one room apartment. This law constructed safety for all who lived in these buildings as well as saved many lives from the poorly built constructions.
  • Pres. McKinley is assassinated and Progressive Theodore Roosevelt becomes President

  • The Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe doctrine declares the U.S. right to intervene in the Western Hem

  • Upton Sinclair releases “The Jungle”

  • Pure Food & Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act are passed

    Pure Food & Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act are passed
    These acts prohibited the sale of misbranded or adulterated food and drugs that were being sold to the people of America. This was a great success for the food consumers in the US as it ensured safety for the people. The people benefited from the improved food, quality, and knowledge of what products and foods they were putting in their bodies.
  • Henry Ford produced his first Model T (car)

    Henry Ford produced his first Model T (car)
    Henry Ford, a huge businessman in the Progressive Era, announced the first every Model T car. He exclaimed it to be an affordable transportation for the common man. It quickly became known for its low cost, durability, versatility, and ease of maintenance. Creating this car not only gave people an easier way for transportation, but it also opened many jobs for surrounding citizens.
  • Creation of the NAACP

  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
    The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was a landmark in labor history changing the way all factories are ran. This despicable tragedy led to New York State reformed of safety measures, factory inspections, and sanitation standards that became a nationwide model. 600 workers were in the factory when a fire began in a rag bin killing many.
  • The Assassination on Austria’s archduke Franz Ferdinand

  • The Panama Canal is completed and opened for traffic.

  • The United States enters WWI

    The United States enters WWI
    The US entered World War I due to Germany embarking on a deadly gamble. Germany sank hundreds of American merchant ships around the British Isles which pushed America to enter into the war. President Wilson was trying to avoid entry into the war, but when Germany striked at the US, he needed to protect the country.
  • Ratification of the 18th Amendment - Prohibition

  • Women get the right to vote

    Women get the right to vote
    The Women Suffrage Movement was a decades-long fight for the women of the Untied States to get the right to vote. Women were finally with one as the man, they got the choice to vote for whoever they please. This was a huge shift in equality and without this movement happening, women still may not have gotten the right to vote.