AP U.S History - Timeline

Time Periods

Colonial America

1492 - 1763

Age of Slavery

1651 - 1865

American Enlightenment

1714 - 1818

1st Great Awakening

1731 - 1755

The Revolutionary Period

1763 - 1789

Nation Building

1789 - 1824

2nd Great Awakening

1790 - 1840

Era of Good Feeling

1817 - 1825

The Age of Jackson

1824 - 1850

Canal Era

1825 - 1850

The Civil War and Reconstruction

1850 - 1877

3rd Great Awakening

1850 - 1900

The Populist Movement

1867 - 1896

The Machine Age

1877 - 1916

Populism, Political Machines, and Industrialization

American Imperialism

1901 - 1946

World War Period

1916 - 1945

Prohibition Era

1920 - 1933

The Great Depression

1929 - 1937

Cold War Period

1945 - 1991

Fourth Great Awakening

1960 - 1980

Presidents

Washington

1789 - 1797

Adams

1797 - 1801

Jefferson

1801 - 1809

Madison

1809 - 1817

Monroe

1817 - 1825

Quincy Adams

1825 - 1829

Jackson

1829 - 1837

Van Buren

03/15/1837 - 1841

Henry Harrison

1841

Tyler

1841 - 1845

Polk

1845 - 1849

Fillmore

1850 - 1853

Pierce

1853 - 1857

Buchanan

1857 - 1861

Lincoln

1861 - 1865

Johnson

1865 - 1869

Grant

1869 - 1877

Hayes

1877 - 1881

Garfield

1881

Arthur

1881 - 1885

Cleveland

1885 - 1889

Harrison

1889 - 1893

Cleveland

1893 - 1897

McKinley

1897 - 1901

Roosevelt

1901 - 1909

Taft

1909 - 1913

Wilson

1913 - 1921

Harding

1921 - 1923

Coolidge

1923 - 1929

Hoover

1929 - 1933

FDR

1933 - 1945

Truman

1945 - 1953

Eisenhower

1953 - 1961

Kennedy

1961 - 1963

LBJ

1963 - 1969

Nixon

1969 - 1974

Ford

1974 - 1977

Carter

1977 - 1981

Reagan-ator

1981 - 1989

H.W. Bush

1989 - 1993

Clinton

1993 - 2001

W. Bush

2001 - 2009

Obama

2009 - 2014

Social

"Lost Colony" of Roanoke

1587

Jamestown settled

1607

Pilgrims found Plymouth Colony

1620

Great Puritan Migration

1629 - 1642

Mass. Bay Colony founded

1629

Anne Hutchinson banished

1637

Half-Way Covenant

1662

Bacon's Rebellion

1676

Salem Witch Trials

1693

Cotton Mather preaches inoculation

1720

Stono Rebellion

1739

George Whitefield traveling sermons

1739 - 1741

"Sinners..." Jonathan Edwards

1741

Pontiac's Rebellion

1763 - 1766

Sons of Liberty riot

1765

Boston Tea Party

1773

T. Paine's Common Sense

1776

Republican Motherhood

1776 - 1850

Shay's Rebellion

1786

Lewis and Clark Expedition

1804 - 1806

Transcendentalism

1820 - 1840

Indian Removal Act

1830

Lowell Experiment

1830 - 1850

Cherokee v. Georgia

1831

Worcester v. Georgia

1832

Trail of Tears

1835 - 1838

Gradual emancipation completed in North

1840

Seneca Falls Convention

1849

Uncle Tom's Cabin

1852

Asylum Reform - D. Dix

1854

Leaves of Grass - Walt Whitman

1855

John Brown's raid @ Harper's Ferry

1859

13th Amendment

1865

Civil Rights Act of 1875

1875

Eastern European immigrations

1880

Chinese Exclusion Act

1882

Dawes Severalty Act

1887

Plessy v. Ferguson

1896

The History of the Standard Oil Company - I. Tarbell

1904

The Jungle

1906

NAACP founded

1909

1st Great Migration

1910 - 1930

18th Amendment

1919

19th Amendment

1920

21st Amendment

1933

2nd Great Migration

1940 - 1970

CORE founded

1942

Montgomery Bus Boycotts

1955

Rosa Parks sits-in

1955

SNCC formed

1960

"Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan

1963

Civil Rights Act

1964

Selma Marches and Bloody Sunday

1965

MLK assassinated

1968

Equal Rights Amendment

1972

Roe v. Wade

1973

Americans with Disabilities Act

1990

Political

Reign of King James I

1603 - 1625

1st Anglo-Powhatan War

1610 - 1614

House of Burgesses convenes in Virginia

1619

2nd Anglo-Powhatan War

1620 - 1626

Mayflower Compact

1620

Virginia becomes royal colony

1624

Reign of King Charles I

1625 - 1649

Pequot War

1634 - 1638

Puritan Revolution in England

1642 - 1659

3rd Anglo-Powhatan War

1644 - 1646

Maryland Act of Toleration

1649

Navigation Acts

1651 - 1673

King Phillips War

1675 - 1678

French & Indian War

1754 - 1763

Great War

1756 - 1763

Proclamation Act of 1763

1763

Boston "Massacre"

1770

1st Continental Congress

1774

Intolerable Acts

1774

Battles of Lexington and Concord

1775

Olive Branch Petition

1775

2nd Continental Congress

1775

Declaration of Independence

1776

Articles of Confederation

1781

Treaty of Paris

1783

Treaty of Paris

1783

Northwest Ordinance

1787

Fugitive Slave Law

1793

Jay's Treaty

1794

Pickney's Treaty

1796

XYZ Affair

1797

Alien & Sedition Acts

1798

KY & VA Resolutions

1799

Marbury v. Madison

1803

Louisiana Purchase

1803

12th Amendment

1804

Embargo Act

1807

Non-Intercourse Act

1809

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

South Carolina Exposition

1828

Cherokee Nation v. Georgia

1831

Worcester v. Georgia

1832

Democracy in America

1835

"Manifest Destiny" coined

1845

Mexican-American Wars

1846 - 1848

Wilmot Proviso

1846

Free-Soil Party

1848

Compromise of 1850

1850

Kansas-Nebraska Act

1854

Dred Scott

1857

Morrill Land-Grant Acts

1862

Homestead Act

1862

Emancipation Proclamation

1863

Military Reconstruction Act

1867

14th Amendment

1868

15th Amendment

1870

Universal Manhood Suffrage

1870

Credit Mobilier Scandal

1872

Whiskey Ring

1875

Corrupt Bargain ends Reconstruction

1877

Treaty of Paris - Ends Mexican American War

1898

China's Boxer Rebellion

1901

Platt Amendment

1903

Roosevelt Corollary

1904

Tillman Act of 1907

1907

FBI formed

1908

W.H. Taft's Dollar Diplomacy

1909

17th Amendment

1913

Wilson's 14 Points

1918

Schenck v. United States

1919

Palmer Raids

1920

Teapot Dome Scandal

1920 - 1923

FDR's New Deal

1933

"Sick Chicken" Case

1935

Pearl Harbor Bombings

1941

Lend-Lease policy

1941

G.I. Bill of Rights

1944

Korematsu v. United States

1944

Potsdam Conference

1945

Yalta Conference

1945

The Long Telegram

1946

The U.S. release the Phillipines

1946

Truman Doctrine

1947

Communist threats in Greece & Turkey

1947

Berlin Blockade and Airlift

1948

Korean War

1950 - 1953

22nd Amendment

1951

Geneva Accords

1954

Vietnam War

1956 - 1975

Berlin Wall erected

1961

Bay of Pigs Crisis

1961

Cuban Missile Crisis

1962

24th Amendment

1964

Voting Rights Act

1964

Gulf of Tonkin Revolution

1964

Tet Offensive

1968

26th Amendment

1971

Watergate Scandal

1971

Iran Hostage Crisis

1979

Glasnost & Perestroika

1986

Bill Clinton impeached

1998

9/11 Terrorist Attacks

2001

U.S. invasion of Iraq

2003

Economic

Spanish trading presence in Florida begins

1565

Dutch set up fur-trading post on Manhattan Island

1613

First Africans arrive in Chesapeake region

1619

Chesapeake colonies enjoy tobacco boom

1620 - 1660

Dutch West India Company chartered

1621

Tobacco prices fall and remain low

1660

Sugar Act

1764

Stamp Act

1765

Tea Act

1773

Severe inflation of paper currency begins

1777

1st B.U.S.

1791 - 1811

Cotton Gin implemented

1794

Whiskey Rebellion

1794

The Wealth of Nations

1796

Interchangeable parts introduced

1801

2nd B.U.S.

1816 - 1836

Panic of 1819 - business cycles

1819

Erie Canal Construction

1825

Henry Clay's American System

1825

Railroad Expansion

1830 - 1890

Jackson vetoes bank charter renewal

1830

Panic of 1837

1837

California Gold Rush

1849

Alaska acquired from Russia

1867

Munn v. Illinois

1877

Wabash v. Illinois

1886

Interstate Commerce Commission founded

1888

Sherman Antitrust Act

1890

Pullman Strike

1894

Pullman Strike

1894

"Cross of Gold" speech - W.J. Bryans

1896

Gold Standard Act

1900

Panama Canal Zone acquired

1904

Pure Food and Drug Act

1906

Hepburn Act

1906

16th Amendment

1913

Federal Reserve Act

1913

Henry Ford's assembly line emerges

1913

Underwood Tariff

1913

Clayton Antitrust Act

1914

Wall Street Crash of 1929

1929

Glass-Steagall Act

1933

Equal Pay Act

1963

1973 Oil Crisis

1973

Reaganomics

1981

NAFTA

1993