US History

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  • May 13, 1451


    Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer who most famously known for his "discovery of the new world" When in reality he just stole it from the native Americans and forced them to work for him.
  • Jan 6, 1580

    John Smith

    John Smith
    John Smith was an English soldier and explorer, he helped establish the first town in Jamestown Virginia, and is often referred to as the founder of the town. He met Pocahontas while encountering the native Americans who as he said "Saved him by jumping in between him and the other native people".
  • Bacons rebellion

    Bacons rebellion
    Bacon's rebellion was the biggest form of revolution in England at the time. Bacon and the other colonists were outraged over William Berkley's refusal to kick native Americans off of the land. Other indifferences included taxes and placing people in charge that Bacon didn't agree with.
  • Salem witch trials

    Salem witch trials
    The Salem witch trials were a series of trials involving often women being accused of witchcraft. The cause is a mixture of many things including jealousy, greed, sexism, and religion. Through these trials over 20 innocent people were publicly executed in the town center to make a statement.
  • George Grenville

    George Grenville
    English statesman who began the series of events leading to the American Revolution by imposing taxes on the American colonies with the Sugar Act of 1764 and the Stamp Act of 1765. (born October 14, 1712 and died November 13, 1770, 
  • General Gage

    General Gage
    General Thomas Gage was a colonial administrator and general officer in the British Army who is most remembered for his extensive service in North America.
  • William Howe

    William Howe
    Political philosopher and author Thomas Paine, who was born in England, advocated uprisings in both America and Europe. Most famous in his role in capturing Quebec.
  • Great awakening

    Great awakening
    During the 1730s and 1740s, the English colonies in America saw The Great Awakening, a religious resurgence. The movement emerged at a period when emphasis was being placed on the notion of secular reason and religious fervor had lost its freshness.
  • John dickinson

    John dickinson
    Known as the "Penman of the Revolution" for his twelve Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, which were published in 1767 and 1768. John Dickinson was also a founding father of the United States, a lawyer, and a politician from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Patrick Henry

    Patrick Henry
    Patrick Henry was the sixth and first governor of Virginia (1776–1799). (1784-1786). Following the Revolutionary War, Henry openly embraced anti-federalism. Henry and other Anti-Federalists opposed the 1787 United States Constitution's ratification because it established a powerful central authority.
  • Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine
    Political philosopher and author Thomas Paine, who was born in England, advocated uprisings in both America and Europe. He was also the write of "Common sense" which was his first paper advocating for Americans.
  • French & Indian war

    French & Indian war
    Beginning in 1754 and coming to a conclusion in 1763 with the Treaty of Paris. Great Britain made significant territory gains in North America as a result of the war, but disagreements over following frontier policies and how to pay for the war's costs ultimately ignited colonial unrest and sparked the American Revolution.
  • marquis de lafayette

    marquis de lafayette
    was a French nobleman and general who participated in the American Revolutionary War. He led American forces in various engagements, including the siege of Yorktown where the British surrendered.
  • industrial revolution

    industrial revolution
    In modern history, the Industrial Revolution was the transition from an agricultural and handicraft economy to one dominated by industry and machine production. These technological advancements brought about unique working and living arrangements and radically altered society.
  • Stampt act

    Stampt act
    The stamp act was an act published in 1765 to propose a direct tax on British colonies in America. And this was not taken lightly by the Patriots during this time period; relating to the Boston tea party and Boston massacre. This also required that many documents be produced on stamp paper produced in London.
  • Boston Massacre

    Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was a street fight that got out of hand in the streets of Boston in 1770. Then fight occurred between a mob throwing various items at British soldiers. Several of the colonists were killed during this resulting in a huge outrage.
    The main cause of the Boston Massacre was "taxation without representation."
  • Paul Revere

    Paul Revere
    Paul Revere was a profound Patriot along with being a founding father of the United States. Revere is most famous for his ride during the middle of the night where he yells "The British are coming". Paul Revere illustrated a very popular Patriot propaganda piece during the Boston massacre in 1770.
  • American Revolution

    American Revolution
    The American revolution lasted from April 19th of 1775 to 1783. caused by the colonial pushback towards the British. Leading up to this event the Americans have been getting more agitated with the power the British have been holding over them. This included taxes and overall control over the citizens.
  • Nathan Hale

    Nathan Hale
    During the American Revolutionary War, Nathan Hale was a patriot, soldier, and spy for the Continental Army.  Before he was captured and executed by the British in 1776
  • Articles of confederation

    Articles of confederation
    The thirteen founding states ratified a formal agreement in 1781. It legally symbolized their unity since it gave the federal government no coercive authority over the states or their people. 
  • Battle of Charles town

    Battle of Charles town
    March 29 1780, in the capital of South carolina, Charles town the British and the Americans fought, resulting in a Major British victory in the American revolution.
    It was the largest surrender of American troops after losing a lot of soldiers.
  • Battle of kings mountain

    Battle of kings mountain
    October 7 1780, in South Carolina a battle Between Patriot and Loyalist militias occured.
    It was the first major Patriot victory after the loss of Charles town
  • Battle of yorktown

    Battle of yorktown
    September 28 1781, in Yorktown Virginia a war during the American revolution broke out. Resulting in a huge American victory that forced the British into surrendering.
    The birth of a new nation
  • Treaty of paris

    Treaty of paris
    September 3, 1783, in Paris France
    It was signed by representatives of King George III of Great Britain and It marked the end of the American Revolution and recognized American independence.
    Officially ended the American Revolution war
  • Shays rebellion

    Shays rebellion
    Shays rebellion was the western Massachusetts rebellion against oppressive economic circumstances and heavy taxation. In order to stop the execution of debt collection and foreclosure procedures, armed groups forced the closure of various courts.
  • Virginia Plan

    Virginia Plan
    The desires of the populated states were reflected in the Virginia Plan. It established a two-house legislative body named Congress, with the portion of each state's population represented in each house increasing with the size of the state. This is why many larger states would support this plan rather than the new jersey plan.
  • New Jersey plan

    New Jersey plan
    Instead of the number of votes in Congress being dependent on population, the Plan advocated for each state to have one vote. This was done to safeguard each state's equality, irrespective of population size. The main goal was to protect the smaller states so they could have equal say in the voting process.
  • The constitution

    The constitution
    The Constitution lists the three main federal government branches and their respective responsibilities. It also specifies the basic legislation of the United States federal government.
  • Proclamation of neutrality

    Proclamation of neutrality
    That the Us would strictly remain neutral since Washington believed that the US wasn't ready for a war or conflict at the time. that proclaimed the country neutral in the battle between France and the United Kingdom It threatened legal action against any American who helped a warring country.
  • Print barbary war

    Print barbary war
    Conflict between the Us. and Tripoli because of the US's refusal to pay the pirate leaders of Tripoli. The United States destroyed Qaramanli's soldiers with a combined naval and ground attack led by the US Marine Corps.
  • Embargo of 1809

    Embargo of 1809
    Jefferson closed the American waters leading to the British, whilst increasing the military and naval defense. During the Napoleonic Wars, President Thomas Jefferson's response to British and French meddling with neutral US trade ships.
  • Cumberland road

    Cumberland road
    The National Road was the first significant upgraded roadway constructed by the federal government in the United States. The 620-mile road, which was constructed between 1811 and 1837 and connected the Potomac and Ohio Rivers, served as a major transportation route for many migrants heading west. This road also played a significant part in the industrial revolution.
  • Seminoles wars

    Seminoles wars
    The United States and the Seminole, members of a Native American nation that emerged in the area during the early 1700s, engaged in three connected military confrontations during the Seminole Wars in Florida. Through 1858, there were hostilities between both sides, with two tense intervals in between. Hostilities started around 1816. The reason for the wars where the Seminoles refusal to leave there native land.
  • Erie canal

    Erie canal
    The original Erie Canal traveled 363 miles from Albany to Buffalo and was constructed between 1817 and 1825. The largest public works undertaking in North America, it was also the longest artificial canal. New York gained notoriety as the Empire State: the state with the most people, businesses, and economic power—thanks to the canal.
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    A statute known as the Missouri Compromise of 1820 attempted to alleviate escalating tensions between sections of society over the issue of enslavement. By enacting the legislation, whom President James Monroe approved, the U.S. Congress recognized Maine as a free state and admitted Missouri as a state that supported slavery to the Union.
  • Impeachment of judge peck

    Impeachment of judge peck
    Lawless filed a petition for Peck's impeachment after Peck issued a contempt of court citation to Lawless. The first impeachment proposal was presented in 1826, and after it was rejected twice, one was finally passed in 1830. The Senate cleared Peck of all charges in January 1831.
  • indian removal act

    indian removal act
    On May 28, 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, giving him the power to swap Indian territories inside current state borders for territory west of the Mississippi. Several tribes left quietly, but many opposed the policy of displacement.
  • Nat turners revolt

    Nat turners revolt
    The Southampton Insurrection, also known as Nat Turner's Rebellion, was a slave uprising that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, in August 1831. Between 55 and 65 persons were slain by the rebels under Nat Turner's leadership, at least 51 of them were White. Even now, there remains debate concerning this uprising.
  • Frederick douglas autobiography

    Frederick douglas autobiography
    Famous speaker and former slave Frederick Douglass wrote Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass in 1845 while living in Lynn, Massachusetts, as a memoir and dissertation on abolition. It is typically regarded as the most well-known of several accounts written by former slaves about the same time.
  • Civil War Economy

    Civil War Economy
    During the American Civil War (1861-1865), the North experienced an economic boom due to its diverse and industrialized economy, while the South struggled due to its reliance on an agrarian and slave-based economy. The war disrupted the South's agricultural economy and caused widespread economic hardship, while the North was able to sustain the economic disruption caused by the conflict and ultimately prevail over the South.
  • Women in the civil ear

    Women in the civil ear
    During the Civil War, women served as nurses, spies, and soldiers, and supported the war effort on the home front. They played significant roles in the conflict and their contributions helped shape the future of women's roles in American society.
  • military prisons during the civil war

    military prisons during the civil war
    During the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate governments operated military prisons to hold enemy combatants and other individuals deemed dangerous. These prisons were overcrowded, unsanitary, and had high rates of disease and death among prisoners. Notorious prisons included Andersonville and Elmira.
  • civil war

    civil war
    The American Civil War was a conflict fought between the United States (Union) and 11 southern states that had seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America, over issues including state sovereignty, the expansion of slavery, and economic and cultural differences between the North and the South.
  • The Emancipation proclamation

    The Emancipation proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, during the American Civil War, it declared that all slaves in Confederate territory were to be set free, it was one of the most important steps towards the abolition of slavery in the United States.
  • the battle of fort wagner

    the battle of fort wagner
    The Battle of Fort Wagner was a Civil War battle fought in July 1863 in which Union forces attempted to capture a Confederate fort on Morris Island, South Carolina. The attack was led by the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American unit, but the Union forces were unable to take the fort and suffered heavy casualties. The Confederate defenders also suffered significant losses.
  • Sherman's march to sea

    Sherman's march to sea
    Sherman's March to the Sea was a Union military campaign during the Civil War where General Sherman's forces marched from Atlanta to Savannah destroying Confederate infrastructure and supplies, weakening the Confederacy and helping bring an end to the war.
  • Abraham Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was assassinated on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, a Confederate, Lincoln died the following day from his injuries. His death was a major turning point in the country's history and it sent the nation into mourning.
  • The Transcontinental Railroad

    The Transcontinental Railroad
    The Transcontinental Railroad was a rail line in the United States completed in 1869 that connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network to the Pacific coast. The construction of the railroad, which spanned over 1,800 miles, greatly reduced the time and cost of travel and transportation of goods between the East and West coasts, contributing to the expansion and development of the American West.
  • Battle of little bighorn

    Battle of little bighorn
    The Battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand, was a military engagement fought in 1876 between the United States Army and the Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne tribes. It resulted in the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his entire command of the 7th Cavalry, and was a significant victory for the Native American tribes.
  • Robber Barons

    Robber Barons
    During the late 1800s, the term "robber barons" was used to describe several prominent American industrialists who were accused of exploiting their workers and engaging in monopolistic business practices to accumulate vast personal wealth. On one hand, these industrialists were responsible for the creation of some of the largest and most successful corporations in the country. On the other hand, their business practices, such as price fixing, monopolistic control of industries.
  • World War 1

    World War 1
    World war I began on July 29th, 1914 and lasted until November 11th, 1918, with over 70 million people being deployed. The war originated in Europe and eventually consumed many nations around the world, having one of the biggest death counts in all wars. Most of the war used large weapons and artillery, because of the second industrial revolution the war contained many new tactics and weapons allowing for its high death count.
  • Women join world war 1

    Women join world war 1
    World war 1 was the first war in which women could participate, they filled roles such as nurses, doctors, translators, and in some cases on the battlefield. This marked a significant point in history, as women were allowed to serve in war before they could vote. Ultimately the end of the war led to more women's rights movements and rights.
  • US Declares war on Germany

    US Declares war on Germany
    On April 2, 1917, US President Wilson declared war against Germany because of Germany's choice to sink all US ships on sight. Shortly before German forces attempted to make a deal with Mexico to invade the US; but it was intercepted by British intelligence. Many US citizens were outraged by Germany's attempt to invade the US which further led to the decision to declare war on Germany publicly.
  • Howard Zinn

    Howard Zinn
    Howard Zinn is a famous American historian, philosopher, and world war 2 veteran. Howard Zinn is most famously known for his literature and historical non-fiction.
  • Soviet union formed

    Soviet union formed
    After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Bolshevik Party, led by Vladimir Lenin, took control of the government and began to transform Russia into a socialist state. In the years that followed, a civil war broke out between the Bolsheviks and their opponents, which lasted until 1922.
  • The election of 1928

    The election of 1928
    In the 1928 US presidential election, Republican Herbert Hoover defeated Democrat Al Smith in a landslide victory. Hoover won 40 out of 48 states and over 58% of the popular vote. Hoover was a self-made millionaire and experienced government administrator, while Smith was a New York governor with a working-class background and urban political base.
  • The stock market crash of 1929

    The stock market crash of 1929
    The stock market crash of 1929 was a financial crisis that started in October 1929, causing a sudden drop in stock prices and leading to panic among investors. It resulted in a total loss of over $30 billion in stock market value and led to a decade-long period of economic depression known as the Great Depression.
  • Germany declares war

    Germany declares war
    Germany declared war on several countries during World War II, including Poland in September 1939, France and the United Kingdom in September 1939, and the Soviet Union in June 1941. The United States officially entered the war in December 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and Germany subsequently declared war on the US.
  • World War 2

    World War 2
    World War 2 was a global conflict from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations divided into two opposing military alliances. The war was fought on multiple fronts and saw the use of new technologies, resulting in some of the deadliest battles in history. The war ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan, marking a new era of international relations and shaping the world we know today.
  • The draft

    The draft
    The United States implemented a military draft during World War II, requiring all men between the ages of 18 and 65 to register for military service. Over 10 million men were drafted by the end of the war. It lead to a lot of backlash and people were often very opposed to entering the war. This also lead to problems at the Homefront, with less people to run farms, jobs, and take care of there family.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Message to Congress

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Message to Congress
    In his January 6, 1941 message to Congress, President Roosevelt outlined four fundamental freedoms: freedom of speech, worship, want, and fear. He argued that these freedoms were essential to a just and peaceful world.This speech became one of the most famous and enduring statements of American values and ideals.
  • American embargoes japan

    American embargoes japan
    In response to Japan's aggressive expansion, the United States implemented trade embargoes in the summer of 1940, restricting Japan's access to critical resources. Japan saw this as a threat and attacked Pearl Harbor, leading to the US entry into World War II.
  • The Atlantic charter

    The Atlantic charter
    The Atlantic Charter was a joint statement issued by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill on August 14, 1941. It outlined their vision for the post-World War II world, including a commitment to promoting democracy, disarmament, and free trade, as well as a rejection of territorial expansion by force.
  • American enters WW2

    American enters WW2
    The United States entered World War II in December 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The attack, which caused significant damage to the US Pacific Fleet and resulted in the deaths of over 2,400 Americans, led to a declaration of war by the United States against Japan. Three days later, Germany declared war on the United States, and the US officially entered World War II.
  • Battle of the Bulge

    Battle of the Bulge
    The Battle of the Bulge was a surprise attack by the Germans against the Allies during World War II in December 1944. The battle caused a bulge in the front line and lasted until January 1945. The Germans aimed to split the Allied forces and capture the port of Antwerp, but ultimately failed and suffered significant casualties.
  • cold war

    cold war
    The Cold War was a political and ideological conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, lasting from the end of World War II in 1945 to the early 1990s. It was characterized by a nuclear arms race, proxy wars, and a global struggle for influence and dominance.
  • The truman doctrine

    The truman doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine was a foreign policy initiative introduced by US President Harry S. Truman in 1947. It aimed to contain the spread of communism by providing economic and military aid to countries threatened by communist insurgencies or influence, starting with Greece and Turkey. The doctrine set the stage for American involvement in the Cold War and represented a shift in US foreign policy towards more active interventionism.
  • the taiwan strait crises

    the taiwan strait crises
    The Taiwan Strait crises were a series of conflicts between China and Taiwan in the 1950s and 60s, sparked by China's desire to reunify with Taiwan and the US commitment to defend Taiwan. These crises increased tensions in the region and demonstrated the risks of US-China conflict over Taiwan.
  • Brown V. Board

    Brown V. Board
    Brown v. Board of Education was a US Supreme Court case in 1954 that declared racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. It overturned the "separate but equal" doctrine and paved the way for the desegregation of public schools and the civil rights movement.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    The Vietnam War was a conflict between North and South Vietnam, with the North supported by the Soviet Union and China, and the South supported by the US. It started after Vietnam gained independence from France in 1955 and lasted until 1975, when the North emerged victorious.
  • the bay of pigs

    the bay of pigs
    The Bay of Pigs was a failed CIA-sponsored invasion of Cuba in 1961, aimed at overthrowing the government of Fidel Castro. The invasion involved a force of Cuban exiles trained and equipped by the US, but the mission was poorly planned and executed. The Cuban military was able to repel the invasion, resulting in the capture or death of the exiles and a significant propaganda victory for Cuba and the Soviet Union.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Civil Rights Act of 1964
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation in the United States that prohibited discrimination of any kind. It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson and aimed to address the long-standing issue of racial segregation and discrimination in the country. The act outlawed discrimination in voting, education, employment, and public accommodations, and marked a significant victory for the civil rights movement.
  • Economic Opportunity Act

    Economic Opportunity Act
    The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was a key piece of legislation in President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty. The act aimed to provide economic and social support to impoverished Americans through a series of initiatives. It created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) to oversee and coordinate these efforts, and authorized a range of programs designed to provide job training, education, and other forms of assistance to low-income Americans.
  • My Lai massacre

    My Lai massacre
    The My Lai massacre was a tragic incident during the Vietnam War, in which US soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians, mostly women, children, and elderly people, in the village of My Lai. It was initially covered up by the military, but eventually came to light and sparked outrage. Lieutenant William Calley was court-martialed and found guilty of murder.
  • Cuyahoga river fire

    Cuyahoga river fire
    The Cuyahoga River fire occurred on June 22, 1969, in Cleveland, Ohio. The region around the river was severely damaged due to it catching on fire and was badly contaminated with industrial waste. The tragedy prompted the establishment of the EPA and the enactment of the Clean Water Act while also aiding in the awareness-raising regarding environmental deterioration.
  • Love canal

    Love canal
    Love Canal is a neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York, that was built on a toxic waste dump. The chemicals from the waste contaminated the soil and groundwater, causing health problems for residents. The incident led to the creation of the Superfund program, which cleans up hazardous waste sites.
  • The Watergate Crisis

    The Watergate Crisis
    A scandal that developed as a result of the Nixon administration's attempt to hide its involvement in the break-in at the DNC offices in the Watergate apartment complex in 1972. The President’s most intimate conversations had been caught on tape. Cox and the Senate subpoenaed them.
  • The Election of 1972

    The Election of 1972
    The 47th quadrennial presidential election took place in the United States in 1972. On Tuesday, November 7, 1972, it took place. With 520 of the 538 electoral votes, incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon easily defeated Democratic Senator George McGovern of South Dakota.
  • Three mile island

    Three mile island
    A partial nuclear meltdown known as the Three Mile Island accident took place on March 28, 1979, at a nuclear power station in Pennsylvania, United States. It resulted in the emission of radioactive gases and a public outcry, which led to more severe safety regulations and regulatory control for the nuclear power sector.
  • The Reagan Doctrine

    The Reagan Doctrine
    Ronald Reagan's plan for a prosperous economic recovery included decreasing federal income taxes, reducing government expenditures, eliminating unnecessary programs, reducing the size of the government workforce, maintaining low interest rates, and maintaining a vigilant inflation hedge on the money supply.
  • The Iran-Contra Scandal

    The Iran-Contra Scandal
    Senior administration officials secretly helped Iran, which was the target of an arms embargo, buy weapons between 1981 and 1986. According to the administration, the Contras, a right-wing rebel group in Nicaragua, were to be funded by the proceeds of the arms deal.