History Final - Nolan & AG

Events

Revolutionary War

Approx. 1775 - 1776

The Colonists fought the British empire to gain American Independence, France helped also, Thank you France

We included this because it shows the start of the United States

Declaration of Independence - Written & Signed

june 1776 - july 4 1776

The US Declaration of Independence was a list of grievances against the British king, it said the the colonies would now become and independent country

This is important because it established our country

US Constitution Written

september 17 1787 - june 21 1788

This document outlined the basic laws of our county and how the government should be run

This is a key event because it helped to establish freedoms that would become part of the American identity

Bill of Rights

1791 - 1792

The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the united states constitution, which helped to explain the liberties that American Citizens have, and that the government cannot take away.

This is Important because it helped citizens to be able to help change the government with free speech (1st amendment) and to overthrow the government if it becomes tyrannical (2nd amendment)

Louisiana Purchase

1803

The Louisiana purchase expanded the territory of the United States by a lot, nearly doubling the size of the US

This event is notable because it helped the United States grow and expand

Lewis and Clark Expedition

1804

The US government sends out a crew to explore North America from east to west, finding the terrain and natural resources that would one day become part of the United States

War of 1812

1812 - 1815

U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

This is important because it started to pave the way for future US Military superiority, as it proved that the US could destroy the most powerful military in the world - twice!

Monroe Doctrine

1823

In his annual address to Congress, President Monroe declares that the American continents are henceforth off-limits for further colonization by European powers.

This event further helped to show the United States was a force to be reckoned with.

Railroad

1828

Construction is begun on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, the first public railroad in the US.
This is notable because it helped boost the US economy by making transportation Easier

Indian Removal Act

1830

President Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, which authorizes the forced removal of Native Americans living in the eastern part of the country to lands west of the Mississippi River.

While not exactly the best thing ever, it did make the Native Americans go away, opening the areas they settled to European economic growth

Texas becomes a state

1845

Texas becomes admitted to the Union.

This is very important because it is a fact that Texas is the best state

Civil War

1861 - 1865

For four years between 1861 and 1865 the United States engaged in a civil war. Divisions between the free North and the slave-holding South erupted into a full-scale conflict after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 1860.

Confederate States of America

1861 - 1865

Many southern states secede the Union, forming the confederate states of America.

This is important because it cause a war within the United States

HomeStead Act

1863

This act gave a family 160 acres of land if they lived and farmed on it for 5 years in the western United States

This is good, because it helped the US expand its population westward

15th Amenment

1870

The 15th Amendment is ratified, giving black males the right to vote.

This is good as it helped to establish America as a more fair, culturally diverse nation

First Airplane

1903

The Wright brothers created and successfully fly the worlds first airplane, establishing the United States as a nation with advanced flight technology, that continues even to this day.

World War I

1914 - 1918

Up until just before the U.S. declared war on April 6th, 1917, the U.S. had desperately tried to stay neutral, but ties to Britain, propaganda, the sinking of ships by German U-boats, and a German attempt in the Zimmerman Note to get Mexico to declare war on the US pushed the U.S. to getting involved

Great Depression

october 29, 1929 - 1940

The Great Depression was a time in American history where the stock market crashed, due to people not being able to pay off loans. Over 25 percent of Americans had no jobs, and money was almost worthless.

World War II

1939 - 1945

While the war started in 1939, the US did not join the allies directly until 1941. This war boosted the American Economy like crazy, and made the US the most powerful and innovative military on earth, and remains so to this day

Pearl Harbor

December 7 1941

The Japanese attacked the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, This was a huge shock to America, it could no longer stay neutral, it had to do something

Atomic Bombs

1945

With the help of American, British, and Canadian Scientists including Albert Einstein and Enrico Fermi, This project, called the Manhattan Project, had the goal of creating atomic bombs. in secret, the bombs were created, and then dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by the USAF, ending the war in Japan.