Progressive era

The Progressive Era

  • Alaska is purchased from Russia

  • Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad

    Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
    The transcontinental railroad connected the East to the West like never before. It also had had a major effect on how Americans viewed their nation. Not only did it became a symbol of America's growing industrial power, but also a source of confidence that led them to take on even more ambitious ventures.
  • John D. Rockefeller started Standard Oil

  • Alexander Graham Bell invents the telephone

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

    Thomas Edison brings light to the world with the light bulb
    The electric light bulb one of the most important inventions since man-made fire. It helped to establish social order after sundown, extended the workday well into the night, and allowed people to find their way safely in the dark. Without the light bulb, there would be no nightlife.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

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

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Sherman Antitrust Act
    The Sherman Anti-Trust Act was the first federal law that made monopolistic business practices illegal. Several states had passed similar laws, but never on such a large scale. Unfortunately, the law was't very successful.
  • Ellis Island opens

  • Carnegie Steel’s Homestead Strike

  • Plessy v Ferguson

    Plessy v Ferguson
    Plessy v. Ferguson was a landmark 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision that sustained the constitutionality of racial segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine. The case originated from an incident in which an African American train passenger, Homer Plessy, refused to sit in a car for blacks. The Court rejected Plessy’s argument that his constitutional rights were violated, and ruled that a law that implied a legal distinction between whites and blacks was not unconstitutional.
  • 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

  • Tenement Act

    Tenement Act
    The Tenement Act outlawed the construction of unsafe unhealthy tenements. All new buildings were required to have windows in every room, open courtyards, indoor toilets, proper ventilation, adequate lighting, and fire safeguards. These new regulations would forever help better the lives of the less fortunate.
  • Pres. McKinley is assassinated and Progressive Theodore Roosevelt becomes President

  • The Philippine Insurrection comes to an end

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

  • Upton Sinclair releases “The Jungle”

    Upton Sinclair releases “The Jungle”
    Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle to expose the conceivable working conditions in the meat-packing industry. His descriptions of diseased, rotten, and contaminated meat shocked the public. This led to the passing of new food safety laws.
  • Pure Food & Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act are passed

    Pure Food & Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act are passed
    The Pure Food and Drug Act prohibited the sale of misbranded food and drugs in interstate commerce. The Meat Inspection Act made it illegal to misbrand meat products being sold as food, and ensured that meat was slaughtered and processed under strictly regulated conditions. Both were the first of a series of numerous consumer protection laws that would forever impact our lives.
  • Peak year of immigration through Ellis Island

  • Henry Ford produced his first Model T (car)

  • Creation of the NAACP

  • The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

  • The Assassination on Austria’s archduke Franz Ferdinand starts WWI

  • The Panama Canal is completed and opened for traffic

    The Panama Canal is completed and opened for traffic
    Americans knew needed to move ships from east to west quickly. The answer: the Panama Canal. It would connect the Atlantic to the Pacific like never before and have a huge impact on both travel and trade.
  • The United States enters WWI

    The United States enters WWI
    Americans entered WW1 by declaring war on Germany. This was due to the attack on Lusitania, the unrestricted submarine warfare on American ships heading to Britain, and Germany encouraging Mexico to attack the USA. And by joining the war, the U.S. would strive to make the world safe for democracy.
  • Ratification of the 18th Amendment - Prohibition

  • Women got the right to vote.

    Women got the right to vote.
    Many men were opposed to women's suffrage. They thought that a woman couldn't provide any useful political opinion, and were better suited to staying at home, caring for their children. But after years of fighting for suffrage, women finally gained the right to vote after the 19th amendment was ratified. This law was of great significance, as it would forever impact the future of both women, men, and our entire country.