US 2012 Semester 1 Bruzan

  • Missouri Compramise of 1820

    Missouri would be a slave state and all land above 36º 30´ would be free.
  • National Trades Union

    First national labor union was founded.
  • Telegraph is Perfected

    Samuel Morse perfected telegraph technology.
  • Free Soil Party

    This party opposed the expansion of slavery into the newly acquired land from Mexico.
  • Catnegie immigrated to the United States.

    Andrew Carnegie and his family immigrated to the US.
  • Martin Van Buren Loses

    Van Buren of the Free Soil Party loses to Zachary Taylor of the Whigs Party.
  • Compramise of 1850

    California entered the union as a free state. The south was guaranteed that no federal restrictions on slavery would be placed on Utah or New Mexico.
  • Kansas- Nebraska Act

    Gave the people of Kansas and Nebraska the power do decide for themselves if they wanted slavery or not. Ended the Missouri Compramise by allowing slavery north of latitude 36°30´.
  • Republican Party Forms

    New political party forms to combat the Kansas- Nebraska Act.
  • American Institution of Architecture

    Established to professionalize the practice of architecture.
  • Rowland H. Macy Opens Department Store

    A department store is opened in 1858 and became the largest single store in America.
  • Oil in Pennsylvania

    Edwin Drake drilled what became the world's first oil well in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
  • On the Origin of Species

    Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species.
  • Harpers Ferry

    John Brown attempts to take Harpers Ferry.
  • John Brown Executed

    John Brown is executed while surrounded by 2000 virginia millitia. His last words were, "beautiful country, beautiful country."
  • Election of 1860

    Lincoln wins the Election of 1860.
  • Southern States Leave the Union

    South Carolina and other southen states secede from the union.
  • The Confederacy if Formed

    The seved states that seceded from the union for the Confederate States of America.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Freed slaves in the rebelling states.
  • Draft Law

    All capable men were to be subject to military duty.
  • Robert E. Lee Surrenders

    Lee surrenders and reconstruction begins,
  • Ragged Dick, or Street Life in New York

    Horatio Alger published his first novel about the story of a poor boy who rose to wealth and fame by working hard.
  • Knights of Labor

    Uriah Smith Stephens founded a labor union called the Knights of Labor.
  • 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment is ratified that guaranteed all male citizens the right to vote.
  • Great Chicago Fire

    A fire destroys Chicago, kills between 200 and 300 people and leaves more than 100,000 homeless.
  • Yellowstone Park

    Yellowstone Park is established in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.
  • The Guilded Age

    Written by Mark Twain, it depicted American society as guilded, or having a rotten core covered in gold paint.
  • Baseball becomes a Buisness

    Baseball is organized into a buisness by the National League.
  • Elecition of 1876

    Rutherfod B. Heyes is elected president which in turn ends reconstruction.
  • Railroad Strikes

    The first major strike occurres in the railroad industry.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Prohibits immigration by Chinese laborers, limited the civil rights of Chinese immigrants already in the United States, and forbade the naturalization of Chinese residents.
  • World's First Roller Coaster

    Lamarcus Thompson opens the world's first rollar coaster that was ten cents to ride but brought in over $600 a day in income.
  • Strike for Shorter Days

    Thousands of workers mounted a national demonstration for an eight-hour workday.
  • American Federation of Labor

    Samuel Gompers formed the American Federation of Labor.
  • Interstate Commerce Commission

    The ICC is created to oversee railroad operations.
  • Streetcars are Invented

    Streetcars powered by overhead electric cables are invented in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Sherman Antitrust Act is passed.

    The Sherman Antitrust Act is passed that outlaws any truse operation.
  • Carnegie cuts Wages

    In the summer of 1892, a Carnegie Steel plant in Homestead, Pennsylvania, cuts workers' wages.
  • Ellis Island

    Beginning in 1892, immigrants that arrived in New York Harnor were processed at Ellis Island.
  • Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

    Written by Stephen Crane, exposed the slums of New York.
  • A.R.U. Strike

    The A.R.U. called for a nationwide strike and by June of 1894, nearly 300,000 railworkers had walked off their jobs.
  • First Subway System

    The nation's first subway system is created in Boston.
  • Subway System in New York

    New York follows Boston and established a subway system of their own.
  • Industrial Workers of the World

    Debs helps found the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies.
  • Edward Corsi comes to America.

    !0-year-old Edward Corsi arrives with his family from Italy. He will eventually become an immigration official.
  • American society becomes a "melting pot"

    The term "melting pot" is used to describe America's diverse culture. The name comes from the name of a play that opened in 1908.
  • Education Booms

    The number of high schools in the nation jumps from a few hundred in 1870 to over 5,000 in 1910.
  • Angel Island

    Asian immigrants that arrived in San Francisco Bay were processed in the newly opened Angel Island.