America Through the Years


Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

This is when America declared freedom from GReat Britian. It affected us politically, economically, culturally and society because its what shaped our nation.

Temperance Movement

Approx. 1784

This is the movement that allowed us to ban alcohol. The crime rates decreased and the church population increased. Speaking in terms of society this was helpful to women and children because they could feel safe and protected sine their husbands couldn't have alcohol.

The Second Great Awakening


A Protestant revival movement in the United States. The movement began around 1790, gained momentum by 1800, and after 1820 membership rose rapidly. It was at its highest point by the late 1840's. This affected us culturally because it increased our church population but also decreased crime rates.

Jay's Treaty

November 19, 1794

A treaty between the United States and Great Britain that is credited with adverting war, resolving issues remaining since the Treaty of Paris( which ended facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the United States and Britain in the midst of war, which began in 1792. it let us have an agreement with Great Britain. they were no longer allowed to control us or our land.

Treaty of Greenville

August 3, 1795

The treaty affected us politically because we made a treaty with the Indians that made it illegal for us to invade them. Later in the years though we broke that treaty and force the Indians away.

Pickney's Treaty

October 27, 1795

This was the treaty that affected us politically because it made us have an agreement with Spain. That means that we would have a country that we most likely wouldn't have war with.

Louisiana Purchase


The Louisiana Purchase is what made America double in size. We bought the land from the French. it affected us economically because it increased land for money, cropping, and slavery.

Manifest Destiny

Approx. 1840

This is what people were saying was their "God given right to move west" This shaped us economically because it gave us more land to take over and increased America in size.

Seneca Falls Convention

July 19, 1848

This was the a female leaded convention supporting women's rights in the country. It was lead by Elizabeth Cady Staton. It affected society because women were rebelling against there rights.

Election of 1860


This election is the one that made South Carolina secede from the Union. When Abraham Lincoln was made president it angered the south. This is one of the key events leading up to the civil war.

Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863

This document declares that all slaves are free in the ten states that were still keeping slavery. It said that these slaves could enroll in the northern army. This affected the south economically, because the slave owners didn't have anyone to work on their plantations. That took away the South's main money source.

Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863

This is the speech that Lincoln gave in under 2 minutes. It was about human equality. This can be considered political because it shaped the Union.

Reconstruction Plans

1865 - 1877

This is the plan that was started after the civil war. We were trying to put the county back together. This required the southern states to join the union again and the new amendments to be made. This affected us because it made us create new laws welcome new people and start new jobs and a new country.



The Ku Klux Klan were men who opposed black people. They wore white costumes and burned crosses in peoples yard. This affected society and the culture of America. America had a bad image because of this but it also scared people.

13th Amendment


This declared slavery abolished in the country. Economically this affected the South because they couldn't make money with out slaves working for them



The 13th amendment is what abolished slavery in the country. The abolishment of slavery affected society, politics, and economics. it affected the south economically because they lost their source of money. Polically ex-slaves could now vote(15th Amendment) and society had to get used to seeing the ex-slaves where they went.

14th Amendment


Declared all men were and are created equal. Politically it made men equal.



This is what blacks or ex slaves did. They had forty acres and a mule. Sadly the land however was returned to the landowners, who were white men also known as ex-slave owners. This meant that most ex-slaves were basically once again slaves.

15th Amendment


Declared that black men could now vote. These amendments affected society and politics. It gave black men the right to vote and have rights like white men who used to be there slave owners.