America History


Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863

Presidential proclamation requiring the freedom of all slaves.

End of the American Civil War

April 9, 1865

Assassination of Lincoln

14th April 1865

Assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth

Election of 1868

November 3rd 1868

Election between Grant and Seymour.

Election of 1872

November 5th 1872

Re-election of Grant


Black Friday

24th September 1869

The Black Friday, September 24, 1869, gold panic was caused by the efforts of two speculators, Jay Gould and his partner James Fisk, (aka The Gold Ring) to corner the gold market on the New York Gold Exchange.

Domestic policy

Thirteenth Amendment

January 31st 1865

Formally freed all slaves.

Civil Rights Bill


Gave minimum rights to African Americans.

The command of the army act


Reduced Johnson's military powers.

Military Reconstruction Bill


Imposed military rule on the South with the exception of Tennessee.

The Tenure of Office Act

March 3, 1867 - 1887

Limited the powers of the president to remove office-holders without the approval of the senate.

Johnson impeachment


Fourteenth Amendment

July 9, 1868

Stated that all people born in the USA or who were naturalised were guaranteed equality before the war.

Fifteenth Amendment


Amnesty Act


Removed voting restrictions and office-holding disqualification against most of the secessionists who rebelled in the American Civil War

Foreign policy

Monroe Doctrine

December 1823

Doctrine that warns European nations that the United States would not tolerate further colonization or puppet monarchs.


Black Codes

Approx. 1865

Introduced to stop African Americans from voting.

Freedmen's Bureau

March 1865 - March 1866

Set-up by Lincoln for one year to support newly freed African Americans.