U.S. History Timeline

  • Panama Canal

    Panama Canal
    United States need a canal cutting across central america. It reduced travel time for military shifts creating a shortcut. Between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
  • U.S. Acquires Alaska

    U.S. Acquires Alaska
    William Seward attempted to pursuade the House Representatives to allow him to own Alaska. When this was brought to their attention, they thought the idea was silly. But by 1959, Alaska became a state of our United States.
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  • Cuba and the United States

    Cuba and the United States
    In 1900 the government wrote a constitution for Cuba to be independent. Although the constitution did not involve the relationship between Cuba and the United States.
  • Cuba and the United States

    Cuba and the United States
    The United States declared war on Spain. It showed their independence as cubans from spain. It passed the Teller Amendment which state that the United States had no intention for taking over Spain.
  • War With Spain Erupts

    War With Spain Erupts
  • The Impact of U.S. Territoritorial Gains

    The Impact of U.S. Territoritorial Gains
    William McKinley was a imperialist, elected to a second term against Democrat William Jennings Byran who opposed imperialism.
  • An Assassination Leads to War

    An Assassination Leads to War
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by a member of the Black Hand, his name was Princip. Princip not only assassinated him but he also assassinated his wife, Sophia. These assassinations led up to a diplomatic crisis. Which then on July, 28th declared what was expected to be a short war against Serbia but was mistaken to be bigger than what was figured.
  • The Fighting Starts

    The Fighting Starts
    Belgium was invaded by Germany which was then followed by a stratagy that is known s the Schlieffen Plan. This was a plan meant to isolate Russia and hold action upon them. German armies were ready to defeat Russia. But when German fled into Belgium the Russian civilians rushed away and this swas the first major refugee crisis in the 20th century.
  • The 1916 Election

    The 1916 Election
    The Democrats renominated Wilson and the Republicans nominated Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes. Although the elections kept shifting hour to hour. Hughes was the president at the time and did not realize when he went to sleep that he was no longer president. Wilson had taken his reign.
  • The Rise of Facism in Italy

    The Rise of Facism in Italy
    Mussolini who was Italy's dictator marched on Rome with a thousand other followers of his. They got the name, "Black Shirts" because they were all of their uniforms consisted of one color, black. Officials, the army, and the police were on the Fascists side, the Italian King declared Mussolini as the head of government. He made Italy a totalitarian state.
  • Al Capone

    Al Capone
    Capone at the age of 26 was the head of the most famous organized criminal organization in the United States. He ran a network of 10,000 speakeaies in Chicago all surrounded by the selling of whisky. Al Capone was worth an estimated worth of $100 million. But his business ended and was arrested for tax evasion.
  • Hoover Tries to Reassure the Nation

    Hoover Tries to Reassure the Nation
    President Herbert Hoover attempted to reassure the American's that all was going to be good. He told them to be positive that things would work out and to lead their normal lives. So the American's did what Hoover insisted they do, and they figured that this was normal period of time to go through. But Hoover felt that the government should pay a limited role in helping out. At this point the only thing else to happen was to be let unknown, and hope things would work out.
  • Black Tuesday

    Black Tuesday
    Black Tuesday was a day that happens once every year. The reason for that is because of how most people now a days do not have that much money. So it gives those who don't have a lot of money, a time to get up at early hours and go bargain shopping. This is because of the stock market that has crashed.
  • Causes of the Great Depression

    Causes of the Great Depression
    As historians and economists went back and forth with what really caused the Great Depression, there isn't really an exact reason why. Although certain things such as a crisis in the farm sector, the availability of easy credit, or an unequal distribution of income all could of been the cause of such a tremendously horrible time for the people living at this time. Even though times were hard, Hoover encouraged the American's to stay calm and to be confident that the economy would get better.
  • Militarists Gain Control in Japan

    Militarists Gain Control in Japan
    Leaders started to share what Hitler believed in, that there was need for more living space for a growing population. Military leaders were trying to take control over the imperial government of Japan. Even though there were protesters, the militarists launched a surprise attack to seize contorl of the Chinese province in Manchuria. After several months the Japanese troops had taken control of all of the province. The success of this attack had put the militarists in firm control of Japan.
  • The Persecution Begins

    The Persecution Begins
    Hitler took power over Germany where he then ordered all of the "non-Aryans" to be removed of government jobs. This was the start of the first move of the campaign for racial purity that then led the Holocaust. This was the beginning of the murder of 11 million people in Europe, most of them and close to all of them were Jews.
  • Neutrality Breaks Down

    Neutrality Breaks Down
    Roosevelt found it hard to remain neutral between all that had been going on at this time. Japan had launched a new attack on China and Roosevelt had lingered around the Neutrality Act. Since it wasn't offical that Japan was going to attack China the president felt as if there wasn't a reason to enforce this Act. Although months later Roosevelt spoke out against isolationism. He spoke out for nations to stop the spread of war but in return was blamed for starting war.