U.S. History

Timeline created by Jordan Epkins
  • • Homestead Act

    •	Homestead Act
    The homestead act was the act that pulled people to expand west by giving people land grants. If they could improve the land five years the settlers got to keep the land.
  • • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

    •	Transcontinental Railroad Completed
    This railroad is the reason people could travel easier, and it introduced more economic opportunities.
  • • Industrialization Begins to Boom

    •	Industrialization Begins to Boom
    America starts to depend on factories for economic uses more than agriculture. This means more jobs, goods that are cheaper to produce, and it made America progress as a nation.
  • • Boss Tweed rise at Tammany Hall

    •	Boss Tweed rise at Tammany Hall
    Tammany Hall, also known as the Society of St. Tammany, the Sons of St. Tammany, or the Columbian Order, was a New York City political organization founded in 1786 and incorporated on May 12, 1789, as the Tammany Society.
  • • Telephone Invented

    •	Telephone Invented
    They were spoken by Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, when he made the first call on March 10, 1876, to his assistant, Thomas Watson: "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you."
  • • Reconstruction Ends

    •	Reconstruction Ends
    With the compromise, the Republicans had quietly given up their fight for racial equality and blacks' rights in the south. In 1877, Hayes withdrew the last federal troops from the south, and the bayonet-backed Republican governments collapsed, thereby ending Reconstruction.
  • • Light Bulb Invented

    •	Light Bulb Invented
    Thomas Edison and the “first” light bulb. In 1878, Thomas Edison began serious research into developing a practical incandescent lamp and on October 14, 1878, Edison filed his first patent application for "Improvement In Electric Lights"
  • • Wave of Immigration

    •	Wave of Immigration
    The United States experienced major waves of immigration during the colonial era, the first part of the 19th century and from the 1880s to 1920. Many immigrants came to America seeking greater economic opportunity, while some, such as the Pilgrims in the early 1600s, arrived in search of religious freedom
  • • Chinese Exclusion Act

    •	Chinese Exclusion Act
    This act kept the Chinese immigrants from entering the U.S.
  • • Pendleton Act

    •	Pendleton Act
    The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act is a United States federal law, enacted in 1883, which established that positions within the federal government should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation
  • • Dawes Act

    •	Dawes Act
    This act moved the Native Americans on reservations, and the government built schools, churches, and other things to encourage assimilation.
  • • Interstate Commerce Act

    •	Interstate Commerce Act
    The Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 is a United States federal law that was designed to regulate the railroad industry, particularly its monopolistic practices. The Act required that railroad rates be "reasonable and just," but did not empower the government to fix specific rates.
  • • Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth

    •	Andrew Carnegie’s Gospel of Wealth
    This book was written to tell wealthy people that they should help people and give them better than they can give themselves.
  • • Chicago’s Hull House

    •	Chicago’s Hull House
    Hull House was a settlement house in the United States that was co-founded in 1889 by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. Located in the Near West Side of Chicago, Illinois, Hull House opened to recently arrived European immigrants.
  • • Klondike Gold Rush

    •	Klondike Gold Rush
    The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada between 1896 and 1899
  • • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    •	Sherman Anti-Trust Act
    The Sherman Antitrust Act, the first federal antitrust law, authorized federal action against any "combination in the form of trusts or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade."
  • • How the Other Half Lives

    •	How the Other Half Lives
    This book is by Jacob Riis and it was written about the life of people who stayed in the tenements.
  • • Homestead Steel Labor Strike

    •	Homestead Steel Labor Strike
    The Homestead Strike, also known as the Homestead Steel Strike, Pinkerton Rebellion, or Homestead Massacre, was an industrial lockout and strike which began on June 30, 1892, culminating in a battle
  • • Pullman Labor Strike

    •	Pullman Labor Strike
    The strike was an intensely bitter battle between workers and company management, as well as between two major characters, George Pullman, owner of the company making railroad passenger cars, and Eugene V.
  • • The Jungle

    •	The Jungle
    This book is by Upton Sinclair, and in this book he documented everything he saw going on in the meat packing industry. This book caused the Pure Food and drug act.
  • • Pure Food and Drug Act

    •	Pure Food and Drug Act
    This law ensured that drug companies and the meat packing industry would have better health conditions.
  • • NAACP

    •	NAACP
    This is an organization that supports the rights of African American people.
  • • 16th Amendment

    •	16th Amendment
    The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.
  • • 17th Amendment

    •	17th Amendment
    The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.
  • • 18th Amendment

    •	18th Amendment
    After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited
  • • 19th Amendment

    •	19th Amendment
    The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.
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    Gilded Age

    The term for this period came into use in the 1920s and 1930s and was derived from writer Mark Twain's 1873 novel The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, which satirized an era of serious social problems masked by a thin gold gilding.
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    Progressive Era

    The Era that aimed to fix all the problems of the Gilded Age.
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    Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.
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    William Howard Taft

    William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912.
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    Woodrow Wilson

    Political party: Democrat
    Domestic policies: Clayton Anti- trust act
    National Parks Service, Federal Reserve Act, 18th amendment, 19th amendment