United States History Timeline

  • Judiciary Act of 1789

    Judiciary Act of 1789
    This act of, passed in 1789, was establishing the development of the Judicial Branch. It created the Supreme Court and the smaller courts reigning under them. This act is important to United States history because Judicial Branch has played in key moments in our history and is still used too this day.
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    The New Nation

  • Whiskey Rebellion

    Whiskey Rebellion
    The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in which the government got involved with the situation. It is significant because it was the first time that the government interfered, and showed its power as afederal government. In the future the government is not going hesitate when protests or other roudy social events occur.
  • George Washington's Farewell Address

    George Washington's Farewell Address
    George Washington's Farewell Address is a speech given to the people of the United States, about the future he perceives for the country. In his speech he speaks of foreign neutrality and establishing a cabinet for his office. The cabinet of strong government officals will carry on for the future presidents of United States.
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    Expansion and Reform

  • Hartford Convention

    Hartford Convention
    During this famous convention federalists went to discuss the aftermath of the War of 1812, plus America just came from a major victory and nationalism was booming at the time. Sectionalism came into play when New England wanted to end the union. The signifacance of this event is that its when nationalism and sectionalism were both part of the country and would play a key role in the country's future decisions.
  • Era of Good Feelings

    Era of Good Feelings
    This was a time period were the nationalism was at a peak. As a country we just recieved a major victory from the War of 1812 and people were proud to be an American citizen. The time period is significant because the events, like the domination of a political party, will effect in the country in the future.
  • Indian Removal Act

    Indian Removal Act
    This Indian Removal Act allowed for President Andrew Jackson to negoitiate with the Native Americans in moving them west of the Mississippi river. Andrew Jackson did not have a good reputation with the Native Americans and this was just adding to the fire. This act is significant because its one of the many acts and laws passed in moving the Native Americans out of the way so the country as a whole can expand.
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    The American Civil War and Reconstruction

  • 49ers

    The 49ers was a term to desribe the substainial amount of people traveling to the San Fransico area, in serch for gold ( hence the term gold rush). The significance comes from this event when it ocurred in 1849 because the population on the western side of the United States increased tremendously and would never be the same again.
  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford

    Dred Scott vs. Sanford
    The Dred Scott vs. Sanford case was an privatal case dealing with the freedom of slaves. The case came to a close when the Supreme Court announced that slaves were not people but property. This famous court case is significant to history because it begins the discussion of slavery and civil rights.
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    The American Frontier

  • Civil War

    Civil War
    The American Civil War was a major turning point in this country's history. The battle between the Union and the Confederate States ocuurred due to the debate over slavery, control of the country, and the level of sectionalism in the country. This War is significant in our history because of the clearly divided sides on the United States in years to come.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    The term Emancipation Proclamation is used to describe the orders that Abraham Lincoln gave when he stated that all of the slaves in the Confederate States of America are now free. There is no question that this significant event impacted history because it was one of the first events of abolitionism
  • Transcontinental Railroad

    Transcontinental Railroad
    The Transcontinental Railroad was a major mark in history, because by cutting down the amount of time to ship goods, you are able to increase revenue. It made traveling the country affordable and less time consuming. Its significant to our history because it was the foundation that sparked the train system that we have today.
  • Assembly Line/ Henry Ford

    Assembly Line/ Henry Ford
    The assembly line that Henry Ford had created has shaped our products and the way we do business today. When using the assembly line the production increases but your giving away some quality. The significance of is obvious because the assembly line is still used to this very day.
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    The Gilded Age

  • Incandescent Light Bulb

    Incandescent Light Bulb
    The Incandescent light bulb was a major invention that shaped the future of this country. Thomas Edison's invention allowed the avaliabilty of instant light/power. Through out the future years the ligh bulb has evolved and is viewed differently in today's society.
  • Dawes Severalty Act

    Dawes Severalty Act
    The Dawes Act was a law based on allowing land to be divided into allotments for individual Indians. This was one of the many examples of the American government trying to control the future of Native Americans. The ironic/significant part of this was that they did shape their future, but it was a turn for the worst.
  • American Federation of Labor

    American Federation of Labor
    the American Federatio of Labor was an organiztion created by Samuel Gompers. The organization fought for minimum wage, less hours, and better working conditions. With all of these things eventually achieved, it shows that this organization affected all employess in the future.
  • National Defense

    National Defense
    National Defense was the term used to describe the belief that the United States needed to expand so it can remain as a head country. Alfred T. Mahan was the invidual who wrote a book saying how that the country with the strongest Navy will reign supreme. This was significant because till this day we have one of the strongest armed forces and remain as one of the top countries around the world.
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    The Age of Imperialism

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  • Yellow Journalism

    Yellow Journalism
    Yellow Journalism is when the journalist created insane headlines that were not even true so their newspaper or magazine create more publicity. It is significant to history becasue even in today's society it has been known for the press to not tell the entire truth.
  • Panama Canal

    Panama Canal
    The Panama Canal is the only waterway that connects the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Occean. It allows ships to save thousands of miles of travel and has affected the way countries import and export goods today.
  • 16th Amendment

    16th Amendment
    When it comes to income tax you are talking about the 16th Amendment. The amendment says that Congress can levy the income tax among the states. The 16th Amendment affects the future because income taxes in today's society are more complex.
  • 17th Amendment

    17th Amendment
    Having someone elect themselves can lead to some future conflicts. That is exactly what 17th Amendment is trying to prevent; senators had to be elected first. In Modern time Senators still have to follow the procedures of being elected before they can serve.
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    The Great War

  • World War 1

    World War 1
    World War was a big turing point for all the countries involved in the war. When it comes to the United States we came out of the war as victors. World War 1 is significant because it helps lead toward World War 2 and different battles in the future.
  • Selective Service Act (Draft)

    Selective Service Act (Draft)
    The Selective Service Act, also known as the Draft, was enacted to be able to fight in World War 1 The draft is when a citizen is forced to join the armed forces. The is significant today because it is still used a could happen in the future.
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    Roarin' 20s/Great Depression

  • 18th Amendment

    18th Amendment
    The 18th Amendment was the amendment that did not allow the production of alchol. Due to the women movement behind them it was passed and it affected the country immediatly. It is significant because in today's society their still strict restrictions on the consumption of alchol.
  • Harlem Renassiance

    Harlem Renassiance
    The term the Harlem Renassiance is a term used to describe a era in the New York area. The rick black culture escalated quickly and bcame famous throughout the east coast. This is significant because it was one of the first times that black culture was so famous in the United States.
  • Washington Naval Conference

    Washington Naval Conference
    The Washington Naval Confernce affected then and now. Back then they came up with an agreement to lower the standards of military andonly be allowed to amke a certain number of weapons. The significance of this event comes from being the complete opposite of what the goal was for Nation Defense.
  • The Dust Bowl

    The Dust Bowl
    A time were there was barely any arable land in the early 1900s is described by the term Dust Bowl. The Dust Bowl was a destroyed the agriculture/farming side of theUnited States, and as a result thousands of people were left homeliss. This is important to history because the farmers had to move west, once again increasing the population on the western side of the United States.
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    World War 2 and the Cold War

  • Election of 1932

    Election of 1932
    The Election of 1932 was an important presidential election because Hoover left and the man with the plan, FDR, was elected. FDR called his plan the New Deal and it was supposed to help the AMerican people. The significance comes from that once FDR was elected he contributed a lot of great things for the country in the future.
  • Pearl Harbor

    Pearl Harbor
    Pearl Harbor is the name of a famous military base located on the island of Hawaii. Japan had attacked the military base and killed more than 2000 people; having us declare war on Japan and there allies. It is significant because the American people came together and the United States offically entered Word War 2.
  • The War in the Pacific

    The War in the Pacific
    The War in the Pacific was a the War that we founght after Europe was finished. It consisted of using the strategy of island hopping which played a big factor in us winning this part of the war. The War in the Pacific was a big deal because the American people felt like the lives lost at Peral Harbor were not lost in vain.
  • "Rosie the Riveter"

    "Rosie the Riveter"
    The phrase "Rosie the Riveter" was used has a women figure working in society because the men were at war. The significance comes from it giving the women confidence at their work and able to provide for their families; now this could be the norm in today's society.
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    Recovery, Prosperity, and Turmoil

  • Civil Rights Movement

    Civil Rights Movement
    The Civil Rights Movement was a major time in the United States historybecause all kinds of groups of people were fighting for equal rights and the country was listening.The Civil Rights Movement is important because in today's society we live as example of what they were fighting for.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    The MArch on Washington is known to be a huge event in the Civil Rights Movement, because the number of people to march to one general area has never been seen before. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech here and overall it shaped the way today's society sees Civil Rights.
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965
    When talking about the achievements of the Civil rights movement the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is defenitly in the discussion. It banned laws that prevented black people from voting and let the government send people to the states to make sure this was running smoothly. The significance comes from the once passed the future has not seen any discrimination of black voting since.
  • The Environment

    The Environment
    During this time the United States as a whole was becoming more and more aware of the pollution that they were causing to the environment. The EPA was formed to handle these responsibilities, and to research ways to help the environment as a whole. The significance is that these organizations are still here today and we have seen improvement in the condition of the environment.
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    The United States since Vietnam

  • Texas vs. Johnson

    Texas vs. Johnson
    The Texas vs. Johnson case was a extreme case that allowed the act of burning ones country's flag while protecting their first amendment rights. Johnson was protected because of the first amendment rights, and is significant because in the future people have taken it to the extreme and been saved by their first amendment rights.
  • September 11th

    September 11th
    The September 11 attacks were a major turning point of homeland security. It let people what can happen and what we need to change to prevent that. That is why these attacks are so important because since then security in general has changed it ways so it can become more efficent and reliable.