Samuel Clemens's Life Timeline

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    Samuel Clemens's Life

  • California Gold Rush

    This economic event drew in hopeful Americans, including Samuel Clemens himself. The prospect of riches is what drove these panners and miners.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin Published

    Cultural event- controversial anti-slavery novel published.
  • Dred Scott Supreme Court Case

    Social event- Dred Scott Supreme Court decision declares Scott still a slave, decides slaves cannot sue in Supreme Court.
  • Oregon Admitted As A State

    Political event- Oregon gains statehood as a free state.
  • Civil War Begins

    This political event split the nation during Samuel Clemens's life. He was drawn into the war briefly, as a part of a volunteer unit.
  • Lincoln Inaugurated

    Political event- Lincoln becomes president.
  • Monitor v. Merrimack

    Military event- Civil War battle, first one between ironclad warships.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Military event- Battle of the Civil War. Bloodiest day in American history.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Military event- Battle of the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee's greatest victory.
  • Wade Davis Bill

    Political event- bill passed that banned all ex-Confederates from participating in the drafting of new state constitutions.
  • Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

    Political event- Ulysses S. Grant becomes president.
  • First Transcontinental Railroad Completed

    Economic event- America's first big business was railroads.
  • Blacks Gain Right to Vote

    Social event- blacks gain right to vote before women.
  • Women's Christian Temperance Union Formed

    Political event- WCTU joined with prohibition party; advocated for total abstinence from alcohol.
  • James A. Garfield Dies

    Political event- President Garfield dies after being shot by an assailant. Chester A. Arthur becomes president.
  • General Federation of Women's Clubs Forms

    Social event- state and local clubs brought together to pursue advancement in welfare and reforms.
  • World's Columbian Exposition

    Social event- millions visit Chicago, who hosted the world's fair celebrating Columbus's voyage to America.
  • Depression of 1893

    Economic event- bankers stepped up to reorganize; finance capitalism introduced
  • First Flight

    Technological event- Wright brothers hold first flight.
  • Louisiana Purchase Exposition

    Social event- people from all around the world come to Saint Louis for the world's fair celebrating the Louisiana Purchase.