A network of houses and places that abolitionists used to help slaves escape to northern states or Canada.
Compromise of 1850
One of the legislative bills that were passed as part of the Compromise of 1850 was a new version of the Fugitive Slave Act
The Bessemer Process
1850 - 1880
A steel-making process, where carbon, silicon, and other flaws are removed from molten iron by oxidation
It allowed people in the territories of Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether or not to allow slavery within their borders.
Dred Scott Decision
A ruling made by the Supreme Court, shortly before the Civil War. Dred Scott, a slave, wanted to be declared a free man on the basis that he had lived for a time in a “free” territory with his master.
Election of 1860
Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States this year.
April 12, 1861
Where the first battle of the Civil War began on April 12, 1861 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Said that any citizen who had never went against the U.S. government could have 160 acres of surveyed government land.
This gave each state 30,000 acres of Federal land for each member in their Congressional delegation.
September 17, 1862
The bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
This was a joint-stock company organized in 1863 and reorganized in 1867 to build the Union Pacific Railroad.
January 1, 1863
An executive order issued by President Lincoln freeing slaves in all parts of the United States not then under Union control
Massacre of Sand Creek
700 members of the Colorado Territory militia attacked the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian villages.
Schools for Children
1865 - 1895
During this time there was a high rate of children going to school after school's openings for an education.
This amendment abolished slavery in the United States
A U.S. federal government agency to aid freed slaves in the South during the Reconstruction era of the United States
The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for a price of $7.2 million.
This was a farmers' association that sponsored social activities, community service, and political lobbying.
Treaty of Fort Laramie
This guaranteed the Lakota ownership of the Black Hills, and further land and hunting rights in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
July 9, 1868
This amendment defined national citizenship and forbid the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other people.
May 10 1869
A train route across the United States, finished in 1869. It was the project of two railroad companies: the Union Pacific built from the east, and the Central Pacific built from the west.
Jim Crow Laws
1870 - 1880
These are the former practices of segregating black people in the US
February 3, 1870
This amendment granted the freedom to vote regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
The Great Chicago Fire
Oct 8, 1871 - Oct 10, 1871
This destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages.
The Power of Electricity
1876 - 1890
In November 1879, Edison filed a patent for an electric lamp with a carbon filament.
Munn vs Illinois
This case was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court upheld the power of government to regulate private industries.
The Great Strike of 1877
This strike happened after the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) cut wages for the third time in a year.
Chinese Exclusion Act
May 6, 1882
This was United States federal law signed by President Chester A. Arthur. It was a restriction on free immigration, prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers.
Pendleton Civil Service Act
A United States federal law, which established that positions within the federal government should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation.
Pearl Harbor Naval Base
A treaty granted the United States the use of the harbor as a coaling and repair station, but work didn't begin until after 1898, when the Spanish-American War indicated its value as a Pacific base.
Interstate Commerce Act
February 4, 1887
A United States federal law that was designed to regulate the railroad industry.
February 8, 1887
A federal law created to turn Native Americans into farmers and landowners by giving cooperating families 160 acres of reservation land for farming or 320 acres for grazing.
National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) was to work for women's suffrage in the United States. It was created by the merging of two existing organizations, the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) and the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA).
Sherman Anti Trust Act
A federal law passed in 1890 that committed the American government to opposing monopolies. The law prohibits contracts, combinations, or conspiracies “in the restraint of trade or commerce.”
Battle of Wounded Knee
December 28, 1890
This resulted in the deaths of roughly 300 Sioux men, women, and children. The massacre at Wounded Knee was the last major battle of the Indian Wars of the late 19th century.
1892 - 1924
This island in New York served as the main immigration station of the country. About twelve million immigrants passed through it at the time.
The Panic of 1893
This panic was an economic depression in the United States.It was marked by the collapse of railroad overbuilding and unstable railroad financing which set off many bank failures.
National Association of Colored Women. It adopted the motto "Lifting as we climb", to say "an ignorant and suspicious world that our aims and interests are identical with those of all good aspiring women."
Plessy vs Ferguson
The Supreme Court case which upheld the constitutionality of “separate, but equal facilities” based on race.
Rural Free Delivery
This is a service to deliver mail directly to rural farm families.
De Lome Letter
This letter was stolen and leaked into the newspapers. It made McKinley seem weak as a president.
Treaty of Paris
This treaty ended the American Revolutionary War.
U.S.S. Maine Explosion
This battleship mysteriously exploded and sank in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Stirred up by the yellow press, the American public blamed the sinking on Spain.
Open Door Policy
This was a term in foreign affairs previously used to refer to the United States policy established in the late 19th century and the early 20th century
A Chinese secret organization called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists led an uprising in northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese influence there.
This created seven conditions for the removal of United States troops remaining in Cuba at the end of the Spanish–American War, and an eighth condition that Cuba sign a treaty accepting these seven conditions.
Nation Reclamation Act
This was a United States federal law that funded irrigation projects for the arid lands of 20 states in the American West.
This asserted that the U.S. might step into the affairs of an American republic threatened with intervention by a European country.
This was a black civil rights organization founded in 1905 by a group led by W. E. B. Du Bois and William Monroe Trotter.
Meat Inspection Act
This is an American law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat and meat products being sold as food, and makes sure that meat and meat products are created under sanitary conditions.
Pure Food and Drug Act
This act was for preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of misbranded or poisonous foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors.
The San Francisco Earthquake
April 18, 1906
About 3,000 people died in this earthquake and over 80% of the city of San Francisco was destroyed. The events are remembered as one of the worst and deadliest natural disasters in the history of the United States.
This was an arrangement/understanding with Japan which was based upon the trust of both parties, rather than being legally binding.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is a civil rights organization founded to fight prejudice, lynching, and Jim Crow segregation, and to work for the betterment of "people of color."
1910 - 1940
This was an immigration station in the San Francisco Bay where immigrants entering the United States were detained and interrogated.
This amendment established the popular election of United States Senators by the people of the states.
Clayton Antitrust Act
This is an amendment passed by U.S. Congress that provides clarification to the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 on things such as price discrimination, price fixing and unfair business practices.
Federal Trade Commission
The act says that "unfair methods of competition ... and unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting commerce, are hereby declared unlawful."
August 15, 1914
Waterway across Panama. The canal connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
This stopped any United States citizen from being denied the right to vote on the basis of sex/gender.
Federal Reserve System
This is the central banking system of the United States.