Unit 3

  • Homestead Act

    Anyone who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government (including freed slaves and women), was 21 years or older, or the head of a family, could file an application to claim a federal land grant.
  • Haymarket Riot

    The aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians.
  • The Dawes Act

    Also known as the General Allotment Act, the law allowed for the President to break up reservation land, which was held in common by the members of a tribe, into small allotments to be parceled out to individuals.
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    President Theodore Roosevelt signs the Pure Food and Drug Act as well as the Meat Inspection Act. This act prevents the selling or exchanging of food that isn't well preserved to prevent people getting sick or even dying.
  • 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

    Slimmed down, it's the direct election of senators.
  • 18th Amendment

    The 18th amendment is the only amendment to be repealed from the constitution. This unpopular amendment banned the sale and drinking of alcohol in the United States.
  • 19th Amendment

    Women's sufferage, bringing women to become equivilent citizens to men.