APUSH Unit 6 Timeline


Expansion with Honor Began


Indian Removal in Great American Desert

1834 - 1870

Native Americans were slowly condensed into smaller areas of land to make more space for white homesteaders.

Gold Discovered in California


Start of the great mining industry in the West for silver, gold, and coal.

YMCA Founded


Oil Struck in Pennsylvania


Homestead Act


160 acres were offered for $10 to anyone who would settle and improve the land for a 5-year period. This system was intended to help settle the West and stimulate the economy in the North. However, abuse by wealthy industries caused the system to fail badly—2/3 of all homesteads failed by 1890. Those who invested in diverse ways were ultimately successful.

Pacific Railway Act


Began the rapid construction of railways across the US.

Sioux Wars

1865 - 1867

National Labor Union Formed


A social group formed as a means of protecting workers. However, it was largely humanitarian and died out early on.

Civil Rights Cases

1870 - 1890

In the Civil Rights Cases of 1870-1890 288 cases were heard, all dealing with the 14th amendment. Corporations manipulated the system and used the 14th amendment to their defense, claiming that the company passed as an individual.

Panic of 1873


Result of too much paper money and lack of gold to back it up. Businesses went bankrupt, unemployment hit 15%, and the economy suffered.

Centennial Exhibition


Desert Land Act


640 acres for $1.25 per acre was offered for land in the southwest—the desert areas. The owners could be paid if they irrigated the land. However, the system was cheated like the Homesteaders and it failed.

Timber & Stone Act


Land was sold that was considered unlivable, and could be resold if improved. However, lumber companies abused the system and it failed as well.

Salvation Army Founded


Chinese Exclusion Act


Civil Rights Cases


In 1883 the Civil Rights cases declared the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional, but blacks continued to live in poverty.

"The Big Die Up"

1885 - 1887

Result of Dust Bowl, harsh winters.

Wabash v. Illinois


It declared that the federal government was in charge of interstate commerce and overturned Munn v. Illinois. They enforced the Interstate Commerce Act of 1877 which enforced regulation of interstate commerce. However, many of the officers were owned by Rockefeller who manipulated the system easily—the law had too many loopholes to be effective.

Dawes Severalty Act


Natives no longer addressed as tribes, but as individuals.

Hull House Opened


A settlement home opened by Jane Addams to provide housing and social services for the poor.

Sherman Anti-Trust Act Passed


It eliminated all trusts to restore competition, and declared anything that restrains commerce illegal. It was also ineffective because of its vague wording and loopholes.

Last Armed Resistance by Native Americans


Ghost Dance & Wounded Knee.

Ellis and Angel Island opened to immigrants


Henry Street Settlement Opened


A settlement home opened by L. Wald to provide housing and social services for the poor.

Panic of 1893


US v. EC Knight


EC controlled 95% of the sugar industry but in this trial emasculated the Anti-Trust Act. Sugar refining was not considered as “restraining” the economy, and so it was declared legal. The 14th amendment was used to defend most businesses in court and allowed them to continue to grow without restrain.

Plessy v. Ferguson


In 1896 this Supreme Court case declared separate schools for children of differing races was legal. The facilities were separate though not equal.


"Great American Desert" Area believed to be unlivable

1800 - 1850

Labor Unions viewed as radical--unsupported

1800 - 1830

General increase in income for labor workers

1860 - 1870

Boom in the Cattle Industry

1863 - 1888

"Root Hog or Die"

1866 - 1899

The general idea that people had to “figure things out” on their own, or they would die. Those who were poor and unsuccessful were believed to be at fault for their misfortune, as all people at the time were expected to be self-reliant.

"Waving the Bloody Shirt"

1868 - 1880

A political tactic which is intended to distract voters from true issues. By referring back to the many hardships of the Civil War, the politicians hoped that the emotion would distract from the deteriorating economy and the suffering blacks.

Worldwide Economic Downturn

1870 - 1879

Increase in Agricultural Production

1870 - 1890

Result of land grants, plenty of space, and advances in farming technology and methods.

Assimilation of Native Americans

1871 - 1885