U.S. Events Up to the Civil War

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Thomas Paine's Age of Reason/Common Sense (1776)

1776

Constitution Ratified (1788)

1788

Second Great Awakening (1790)

1790

Bill of Rights Adopted (1791)

1791

Whitney's Cotton Gin (1793)

1793

Samuel Slater 1st U.S. Textile Factory (1793)

1793

Neutrality Proclamation (1794)

1794

Whitney Develops Interchangeable Parts (1794)

1794

Alien and Sedition Acts (1798)

1798

Gabriel's Rebellion (1800)

1800

Louisiana Purchase (1803)

1803

Marbury v. Madison (1803)

1803

Cumberland Road Completed (1806)

1806

Fulton's 1st Steamboat

1807

Embargo Act (1807)

1807

Battle of Tippecanoe (1811)

1811

War of 1812 (1812)

1812

Hartford Convention (1814)

1814

Treaty of Ghent (1814)

1814

American Colonization Society Formed (1816)

1816

Noah Webster Publishes Dictionary

1818

Seminole Indians Defeated (1818)

1818

Washington Irving's The Sketch Book (1819)

1819

James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales (1819)

1819

Missouri Compromise (1820)

1820

Denmark Vesey's Slave Rebellion (1821)

1821

Monroe Doctrine (1823)

1823

"Corrupt Bargain" (1824)

1824

Bureau of Indian Affairs Established (1824)

1824

Finney's Revivals (1825-1835)

1825 - 1835

1st Railroad Completed (1825)

1825

Erie Canal Completed (1825)

1825

"Tarrif of Abominations" (1828)

1828

South Carolina Nullification Crisis (1828)

1828

McCormick Invents Mechanical Reaper (1831)

1831

Samuel Morse Invents Telegraph (1831)

1831

Garrison's "The Liberator" (1831)

1831

Nat Turner's Rebellion (1831)

1831

Oberlin College Admits Female Students (1833)

1833

Jackson's Bank War (1833)

1833

The Whig Party (1834-1850)

1834 - 1850

U.S. Post Office Orders Destruction of Abolitionist Mail (1835)

1835

Texas Independance (1835)

1835

House of Reps passes "Gag Resolution" (1836)

1836

John Deere's Steel Plow (1837)

1837

Panic of 1837

1837

Trail of Tears (1838)

1838

Elias Howe Invents Sewing Machine (1838)

1838

Personal Liberty Laws in the North (1840)

1840

Brook Farm Established (1841)

1841

Commonwealth v. Hunt (1842)

1842

George Bancroft Helps found the Naval Academy at Annapolis (1845)

1845

Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass (1845)

1845

Annexation of Texas (1845)

1845

Mexican War (to Treaty of G.H.) (1846-1848)

1846 - 1848

Mormon Migration to Utah (1846)

1846

Wilmot Proviso (1846)

1846

Free Soil Party Organized (1847)

1847

California Gold Rush (1848)

1848

Seneca Falls Convention (1848)

1848

Oneida Community Established (1848)

1848

American(Know-Nothing) Party Formed (1849)

1849

Compromise of 1850

1850

Hawthorne Publishes The Scarlet Letter (1850)

1850

Clayton-Bulwar Treaty (1850)

1850

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

1850

Melville Publishes Moby Dick (1851)

1851

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)

1852

Horace Mann Pushes for Tax-Supported Education (1852)

1852

Gadsden Purchase (1853)

1853

Bleeding Kansas (1854)

1854

Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854)

1854

Birth of the Republican Party (1854)

1854

William Walker sets himself up as President of Nicaragua (1854)

1854

Ostend Manifesto (1854)

1854

Henry David Thoreau Publishes Waldon (1854)

1854

Walt Whitman publishes Leaves of Grass (1855)

1855

Brooks Beats Sumner (1856)

1856

Dred Scott Case (1857)

1857

Lecompton Constitution (1857)

1857

Panic of 1857

1857

Lincoln-Douglass Debates (1858)

1858

1st Transatlantic Cable (1858)

1858

John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry (1859)

1859

Crittenden Compromise (1860)

1860

Pony Express Established (1860)

1860

Democratic Party Splits (1860)

1860

South Carolina Secedes from the Union (1861)

1861

1st Transcontinental Telegraph (1861)

1861

Lincoln ELected (1866)

1866

American Temperance Society Founded (1874)

1874