George Washington is unanimously elected as the first president of the United States. He protects the Constitution to its full extent, and helps spread nationalism throughout the nation.
The Bank of the United States, or BUS, was founded by Alexander Hamilton. It became significant for its "national debt" which acted, at least in early years, as a "national adhesive"
The Whiskey Rebellion was a protest against using grain to make Whiskey. The farmers were furious about this, however, it showed them that the new government can resolve violence in their country.
First 10 Amendments (Bill of Rights)
December 15, 1791
The first 10 Amendments, also known as the Bill of Rights, are ratified. They help to further elstablish a stable government and nation.
Proclamation of Neutrality
President George Washington declared America as a neutral country. This prevented us from taking sides in many wars to come.
Eli Whitney Invents the Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney invented a machine that would separate the cotton from the seed without having to hand-pick it out. This led to a rise in slavery.
Jay's Treaty resolved the issues that rose from the Treaty of Paris. It also allowed Britain to continue trade with the United States.
Slave Revolt in Virginia
November 17, 1800
Gabriel Prosser attempted to lead a slave revolt in Richmond, Virginia. As a result, Virginia tightened their slave laws.
Marbury v. Madison
February 24, 1803
Marbury v. Madison was a decision by the Supreme Court. It expanded the power of Congress in the United States.
May 2, 1803
The United States buys Louisiana Territory for 15 million dollars. It nearly doubled the size of America.
Lewis and Clark
1804 - 1806
Lewis and Clark set off to explore the newly established land of the Americas. It helped create routes for westward expansion.
War of 1812
June 18, 1812
The War of 1812 was a war between Britain and the US because of maritime interference. It helped Britain ease off of the US a little more.
Treaty of Ghent
Dec. 24, 1814
The Treaty of Ghent between Britain and America was signed, which officially ended the war. It gave America true independence (finally).
1819 - 1821
To balance out the slave states and the free states, Missouri is divided into Maine (a free state) and Missouri (a slave state). This temporarily solves the slave problem in the United States.
McCulloch v. Maryland
McCulloch v. Maryland is a decision by the Supreme court in order to grant Congress the right to establish a national bank. This helps back up the Bank of the United States.
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams is elected president by the House. He "adopts" the American System originally set by Henry Clay.
March 4, 1829
Andrew Jackson is inaugurated. He wins because of his "man of the people" analogy, and the people of United states gain more nationalism because the feel as if they can relate to him.
Indian Removal Act
May 28, 1830
Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act, which causes the removal of Native Americans living in the eastern part of the country to go west. Almost 50,000 Native Americans were relocated.
Nat Turner's Rebellion
Nat Turner initiated a day-long massacre of white men, women, and children. They kill many civilians and cause many whites to fear their slaves.
Texas Declares Independence from Mexico
March 1, 1836
Texas finally breaks free from Mexico and becomes an independent country. The US eventually claims Texas as theirs.
Trail of Tears
Cherokee More than 15,000 Cherokee Indians were forced to march from Georgia to present-day Oklahoma. Approximately 4,000 die from starvation and disease.
US Annexes Texas
The United States allows Texas to be annexed. This expands the country and opens up the slave problem once again. Texas also became a major cotton area.
July 1845 - August 1845
John O' Sullivan writes for the first time about "manifest destiny", or the idea that the whites are destined by God to kick out the Native Americans and to expand. It urges nationalism and westward expansion.
The Wilmot Proviso was an attempt to ban slavery in all the territory acquired from Mexico. It didn't work and caused a lot of controversy.
May 13, 1846
The Mexican War starts- a war between US and Mexico- and eventually the US wins. The US acquires a lot of new territory, which helps with expansion.
June 15, 1846
The Oregon Treaty fixed the border with Canada to the 49th parallel. It decreased our conflicts with Canada.
The Gold Rush
January 24, 1848
Gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill in California. It caused many people to move west into California.
Treaty of Quadalupe Hidalgo
Feb. 2, 1848
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ends the Mexican American war. It gives the US more territory and opens up the issue of slavery again.
Compromise of 1850
California is admitted as a free state, and Utah and New Mexico were opened to popular sovereignty. This (again) opened up the slavery issue.
Death of Taylor
July 9, 1850
President Taylor dies and is replaced with Millard Fillmore. Millard isn't the most stellar president in the world...
Uncle Toms Cabin
Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Toms Cabin. It bacame one of he most influential anti-slavery works of literature of the time.
May 30, 1854
The Kansas-Nebraska act creates the new territories of Kansas and Nebraska in order to create a transcontinental railroad. It opens up the slavery issue again, and becomes a huge issue in Bleeding Kansas
1861 - 1865
The Civil war was a bloody battle between the northern and southern territories. It freed all slaves, and gave black men more rights then they had before.
Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana secede from the Union. It, obviously, creates sectionalism in the nation and leads up to the Civil war.
The 15th Amendment is ratified. It gave blacks the right to vote.