The Revolutionary War is the most important event in American history. It started what has been an American dynasty that has strongly influenced the world’s history over the last 230 years. It was also the inspiration for other revolutions in Europe.
Marbury v. Madison
Marbury v. Madison is the most important Supreme Court case in U.S. history because it established judicial review. It gave the Supreme Court the power to make all of its ruling thereafter.
Oct. 20, 1803
The Louisiana Purchase was America’s first big move on the international scene. It set the precedent of Manifest Destiny and paved the way for the U.S.’s ambitious expansion across North America.
California Gold Rush
The California Gold Rush was a momentous event for westward expansion. Thousands of Americans flocked to the San Fransicso area in hope of gold, the epitome of the American Dream. It helped the west coast become more developed.
1861 - 1865
The Civil War is one of the darkest times in American history, but it established.Americas strong industrial foundation. It also ended slavery in the South, starting the road to equality for African Americans.
World War I
1914 - 1918
World War I was the first major world conflict and was a proliferation of extreme militarism and nationalism in Europe. Although the U.S. came into the war late, the increase in production sparked an economic surplus know as the roaring 20s.
World War II
1939 - 1945
World War II was the most significant event in the 20th century because it sparked the development of many technologies, and resulted in the reallocation of power, with the U.S. and U.S.S.R. as super powers.
1947 - 1991
The Cold War is important because of the tense battle between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S. vying for world influence. Although war was never formally declared, the Cold War drove the space race and the development of numerous other technologies.
Sept. 11, 2001
911 was a tragic day for the U.S. and began a new battle in U.S. history, the battle against terrorism. This is significant because it was very different than any battle before because the U.S. wasn’t fighting against an official country.
The Social Contract-Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rousseau’s work in the Social Contract became a reference to which many fledgling countries would refer to create effective governments. One prime example would be Thomas Jefferson’s inclusion of beliefs from the Social Contract in the Declaration of Independence.
Common Sense-Thomas Paine
Jan. 10, 1776
Common Sense was published in the midst of the American Colony unrest. It fueled America’s desire to be free from Britain since the pamphlet highlighted Britain’s oppressiveness.
May 14, 1787
The Constitution set the framework of America. It created a balance of state and national government and allowed for democracy to flourish. The constitution has stood as a role model for many other countries pursuing a democratic government.
The federalist papers played an integral part in the passing of the Constitution. These papers helped convince colonies hesitant to ratify the Constitution. Without these papers, the Constitution may have never been signed.
Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen
Jan 28, 1813
Pride and Prejudice was popular in its time as it captured society in Britain in the early 1800s. It has remained prevalent since it has a timeless theme of finding oneself and trying to fit in with societal norms.
On the Origin of Species-Charles Darwin
Nov. 24, 1859
Darwin’s most famous work explained one of science’s biggest questions. How did we get here? It revolutionized science since it could explain how there are so many different creatures.
The Jungle-Upton Sinclair
The Jungle served as a harsh reality check for America. It exposed the poor conditions in the meat industry. There were multiple laws passed as a result of The Jungle.
The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Apr. 10, 1925
The Great Gatsby was iconic during its time period and captured the essence of the 1920s. It highlighted America’s prosperity while showing the decay of society at the time. It was as if it was a warning of the collapse in 1929.
Mein Kampf- Adolf Hitler
July 18, 1925
Mein Kamp laid out the ideology of Adolf Hitler, one of the most powerful leaders in history. This book gave Hitler credibility in the political world because it allowed people to understand his views. Mein Kampf was instrumental in Hitler’s rise to power.
The Cat in the Hat-Dr. Seuss
Mar. 12, 1957
The Cat in the Hat has been an iconic children’s book for 55 years. This book adds to the legacy of Dr. Seuss and will forever be a favorite among the youth demographic.
Industrialism and Business
1800 - 1861
As America grew, it became more industrialized and moved away from its agrarian roots. Privatized business began to grow and the economy developed. This was a factor in the starting of the Civil War.
Samuel Colt invents revolver
The invention of the revolver sparked a change in how America’s westward expansion would progress. It started the aura of what we now know as cowboys, and the way of life of traveling settlers.
1848 - 1920
The women suffrage movement was a very long process and was all about equality for women. Prior to this time, women were viewed as second class citizens; however, this movement led to women being seen as reputable members of society.
Age of Imperialism
1870 - 1945
Throughout the Age of Imperialism the dominant countries of the world raced to snatch up the lesser developed countries in order to gain power. This lead to many disagreements and wars like the Spanish-American War and World War I.
First gasoline powered car
Invented by Charles Edgar Duryea, the gasoline powered car would become the most important mode of transportation in America. The gasoline powered car allowed for Americans to commute and eventually lead to the creation of suburbs.
First plane flown
The first flight changed how society would progress. It inspired Americans to pursue their dreams and strengthened belief in the American dream. Without planes today, society would be very different.
1920 - 1929
The roaring 20s were a time of American prosperity and allowed for the U.S. to expand economically and infrastructurally with the large flow of money. The roaring 20s were a time where America isolated itself from the world in order to capitalize on this time of surplus.
1929 - 1939
The Great Depression was a result of irresponsible investing and was one of the bleakest decades in American history. Although it was terrible, it strengthened Americans and prepared them to be successful in World War II and thereafter.
Rock and Roll
1950 - 2000
Rock and Roll was pioneered by Elvis Presley and has been the focus of many rebellious teenagers over the last half century. Rock and Roll often challenged societal norms and acted as a forum of change for younger generations.
1970 - 1979
The 70s were filled with teenagers and young adults rebelling against the government and structure. There was a shift toward less restrictions and a general care free attitude.