United States History Class Timeline 2013-2014

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  • Founding of Jamestown

    Founding of Jamestown
    The first successful English Colony, Jamestown is founded in North America. Jamestown is in Virginia. The government, language, and beliefs of the Virginians have shaped America today. This event was important because was the start of America.
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    The Revolutionary War

    This war was won by the 13 colonies. It was important because it made the colonies gain independence from Britain.
  • The Signing of the Declaration of Independence

    The Signing of the Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration was composed, ammended and then published. This day, was the offical publishment of the declaration. The composers all came out and signed in their agreement to the document. This was important because America became its own country after this.
  • Ratification of the United States Constitution

     Ratification of the United States Constitution
    On this day, the Constitution was ratified. People signed their agreement and our basic government outline was made. John Hancock was one person that signed the important document. This event was important because it declared our first government plan.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana Purchase was in 1803. The Mississippi River was a major thing that farmers used to transport goods, through the New Orleans port. America needed to be in control of this river, which was owned by France. Napolean offered the U.S. to buy all of the territory. President Jefferson bought the land because he believed in a republic of small farmers, which required land. The size of the United States doubled because of this major purchase. (McDougal Littell, p. 345-349)
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    The Lewis and Clark Journey

    Meriweather Lewis was hired to explore the west by the President. Lewis brought William Clark along with him. They were to find out if there was an water route across the continent, establish good relations with the Native Americans, and describe the plants, animals, and landscape they saw. They found over 200 plant and animal species on this expedition, they made the first good maps of Louisiana, and they found out there is no all-water route across the continent. (McDougal Littell, p.345-349)
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    The Texas Revolution

    The Texas Revolution started because Texas wanted to break away from Mexico.The Mexicans didn't want that to happen so they went to war. The Alamo was one of the most famous battles. It lasted 12 days. In the end, Texas became free from Mexico. This event was inportant because Texas gained its independence from Mexico. (McDougal Littell, p.429-431)
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    The Mexican-American War

    The Mexican-American war started because Mexico did not like that Texas was now a part of America. So the Mexicans went into Texas and started killing people. The Americans did not like this, so they went to war with Mexico. They won, so America gained California. This war was important because America earned California. (McDougal Littell, p.435-436)
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    The Donner Party

    The Donner Party was a wagon train of eighty-one American pioneers. They took a wrong turn and ended up in Sierra Nevada in the cold mountains. This was in 1846. Many members of the party suffered through deathly things including starvation. This caused them to commit cannibalism. This event was important because it showed how harsh environments could be to us humans. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party)
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    The California Gold Rush

    During the California Gold Rush, people came from all different countries so they could mine for gold, in hopes of finding some to make money off of. The first person who found the gold was James Marshall. These miners were called forty-niners because 1849 was the year of this event. The Gold Rush was important because it gave many people money to afford items they need to live. (McDougal Littell, p.439-441)
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was a law saying that people who owned slaves that ran away from them, could go look for them and capture them and own them once again. This event was important because it caused many Northerners and others to become abolitionists and fight against slavery, because they believed it was not fair (McDougal Littell, The Fugitive Slave Act, p. 485)
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was a book written in 1852. It was written by Harriett Beecher Stowe. She wrote the book because she was mad about the Fugitive Slave Act. It showed how bad and mean slavery was.This book was important because it drove people to become abolitionists because it made people feel bad for slaves and want to help out and make an end to slavery. (McDougal Littell, Outrage Over the Act, p. 485)
  • Harper's Ferry

    Harper's Ferry
    In Harper's Ferry, Virginia, John Brown wanted to start a slave uprising. In order for this to happen, he needed to capture weapons in the U.S. Arsenal. On October 16, 1859, he and his team attacked the arsenal, hoping that some slaves would join the team. None did. Many people died during this attack. Brown was captured, then hung because he did "bad things" and was charged for a few of them. In the South, he was a "bad guy," and in the North, a hero. (McDougal Littell, John Brown's Raid,p.497)
  • Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

    Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
    A favorite president, Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day in 1865, while he was in a theatre. The theatre was Ford's Theatre. This president was killed by a man named John Wilkes Booth. This death was important because it was a shock to many people that one of the most famous presidents had died.
  • Mark the Years of World War I

    Mark the Years of World War I
    World War I started in 1914 and lasted until 1918. The war included many countries as allies. It was referred to as "The Great War" for its largeness and was named that until World War II started. This war was important because it was one of the bggest wars in history and it made many countries come to agreement and others start argument.
  • The Stock Market Crash of 1929

    The Stock Market Crash of 1929
    In 1929, the stocks all crashed. This is also referred to as the "Great Depression." During the next few years, the unemployment rates sky-rocketed. It was the worst ecnomic crash to date. The crash of the stocks was important because it forced people to not be so care-free and not spend all their money in one stock, and to just be wiser about their decsisions.
  • The First Appearrance of Superman in Action Comics

    The First Appearrance of Superman in Action Comics
    When Superman first appeared, the creators were on a $130 contract. Soon, everyone was reading the Superman comics and by 1941, the group was getting paid $75,000 per each year. This event was important because it was the beginning of one of the most famous superheroes.
  • The Years of World War II

    The Years of World War II
    World War II lasted from 1939-1945. It ended in an about 55 million deaths worldwide. It was the largest and most destructive conflict in history. Japan and Germany lost to their allies Britain, France, the U.S, the Soviet Union, China, Canada, and Australia. This event was important because it was a very powerful war and it showed what could happen if we let a powerful dictator like Hitler try and take over the world.
  • Japan Attacks the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor

    Japan Attacks the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor
    On December 7th, 1941, the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii, called Pearl Harbor. This attack caused World War II. The "teams" were Germany, Italy, and Japan against the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union. This event was important because it showed that the Japanese really didn't like the Americans and they wanted to got to war.
  • The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima

    The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima
    These bombings were from the U.S. The bombings were a part of World War II. The United States had severe conflict with Japan. After these, Japan came back with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This event was important because it made a big impact on the war. It also shocked people everywhere.
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    The Korean War

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    The Vietnam War

  • The Inauguration of JFK

    The Inauguration of JFK
    On this day, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the president of the United States of America. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. This event was important because it made JFK the 35th president of the U.S.A.
  • The First Appearrance of Spiderman in Comics

    The First Appearrance of Spiderman in Comics
    Spiderman made a new kind of superhero. Typically, adult men were superheroes and teenagers were the sidekicks. Spiderman, however, was the opposite. Spiderman was a teenager who lived a double life. While during the day, he was a normal high school student, at night he was a supernatural superhero. This event was important because it chnaged the way we looked at superheroes and opened up new possibilities.
  • The March On Washington

    The March On Washington
    MLKJ made a speech on the national mall in Washington, D.C., on August 28th, 1963, to let people know that blacks and whites need to be treated equal and blacks needed to be respected and both colors were to be integrated. This event was important because it made our country equal and integrated.
  • The First Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs

    The First Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs
    This day, was the first Super Bowl in the year 1967. It was against the Packers and the Chiefs. The Cheifs won with a score of 35-10. This event was important because it created a tradition (The Super Bowl), that we still do every year.
  • The First Inauguration of Ronald Reagan

    The First Inauguration of Ronald Reagan
    On this day, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated for the first time. He won the election over Carter, by far. It was 489 votes to 49 votes. This event was important because it elected Ronald as the 40th president.
  • The Explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle

    The Explosion of the Challenger Space Shuttle
    On this day, the "Challenger" space shuttle accident happened in 1986. It broke apart only 73 seconds into its flight.This caused the deaths of its seven crew members. The spacecraft crashed over the Atlantic Ocean, near Florida. This event was important because it was a very bad, memorable thing that happened. It shocked people for a while, because they were devasted that this happened.
  • My Birthday!!!

    My Birthday!!!
    Baby Cassidy Marie Reel has been born into this world in Ephrata, PA! 6lbs., 9oz., 2:09pm. This event was important because I was born:)
  • 9/11

    9/11
    This was the day when terrorists hijacked two planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers (World Trade Center). A third plane was also hijacked and crashed into the pentagon. A fourth plane was supposed to crash into the White House, but the passengers on the plane managed to guide it into a field in Pennsylvania and only plane passengers were killed. Still, over 2,000 people were killed. and many were never found. This event was important because it expanded our thoughts about terrorism.
  • An Important Event in My Life

    An Important Event in My Life
    One important event in my life was when I met my best friend. Her name is Abigail. I always call her Abby though. We met on the first day of kindergarten. We both had the same teacher, Miss Dupas. We met by both wanting to play with the same toy. She has been my BFF ever since and we do EVERYTHING together. This event was important because I met someone that I really admire in a friend and now I have someone who will always be there for me.
  • The First Inauguration of Barrack Obama

    The First Inauguration of Barrack Obama
    On this day in January, Barrack Obama was elected as the president of the U.S. He won over John McCain. This event was important because it pronounced Barrack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.