US History: VHS Summer: Elizabeth Spencer

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  • 1492

    Arrival of Christopher Columbus at the Americas

    Arrival of Christopher Columbus at the Americas
    Though this event did not take place in North America it was this that gave the start for the transAtlantic movement. Without this first voyage, the rest of the American settlements would not have occurred and the United States would not have existed.
  • The establishment of Jamestown in North America by the Virginia Company of London

    The establishment of Jamestown in North America by the Virginia Company of London
    This was the first time a European industrial practice was brought to North America. Though the men there spent most of their time desperately searching for gold and starving it was still a monumental movement for it’s time and was the first real settlement in the United States.
  • The Stamp Act

    The Stamp Act
    The Stamp Act of 1765 was a tax imposed by the British for the peoples of the American colonies. This was considered insulting considering the amount of manual labor the colonial people were putting in. This tax was what started the idea of becoming free from England.
  • The Boston Massacre

    The Boston Massacre
    The Boston Massacre was the first deadly conflict between the British and the Americans. This set the tone for the impending revolutionary war: bloody, brutal and burdensome.
  • Shay's Rebellion

    Shay's Rebellion
    Shays' Rebellion was the first armed uprising in Massachusetts after the revolutionary war. Daniel Shays, a former captain in the continental army led thousands of rebels in a protest against different injustices of the poorer classes. The reason this event is significant is because it was the first major uprising in independant America.
  • George Washington becoming the first President

    George Washington becoming the first President
    Washington becoming president under the constitutional structure was a huge leap of progress for the United States. He established the first ever cabinet (three people) and held together a relatively strong central authority. He also created the presidential four year term arrangement. These actions were paramount because he permanently shaped many parts of the United States government.
  • The Louisiana Purchase

    The Louisiana Purchase
    The Louisiana purchase was a deal made by Napoleon in which France sold a large amount of land to the United States for a very small amount (about four cents per acre) in order to have finances to help with Britain. The deal was incredibly beneficial to the United States and almost doubled their amount of land.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812
    This conflict between England (and their Indian allies) and the US was a three year war over trade restrictions. This war was significant because the of end of the war brought about a new American culture and general autonomy.
  • Jackson’s Presidency, Rise of the common man

    Jackson’s Presidency, Rise of the common man
    Despite being born of a poor North Carolina family, Jackson was able to become president and rebel against the previous system of only wealthy Virginians taking the position. Common men were always told that they were important, but with the rise of Jackson, men were actually pushed to a higher political stance in America. [] []
  • Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears

    Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears
    To make room for the business endeavors of White Americans, Andrew Jackson passed a bill known as the Indian removal Act which forced migration of thousands of Indians from their homelands in the southeast to remote territories further west. This forced migration was called the trail of tears because it caused much death, suffering and displacement. [] []
  • Mexican-American War

    Mexican-American War
    This armed conflict was a disagreement over whether or not America could take new territory from Mexico, this territory included present day California and Utah. Texas independence from Mexico was a major start to this. [][]
  • California Gold Rush

    California Gold Rush
    The California Gold Rush was just one of many surges of westward migration and expansion. When James W. Marshall claimed to have found lots of gold in California, over three hundred thousand people chose to migrate west towards California. This was all in search of wealth and prosperity. [] []
  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad
    The Underground railroad was a secret network of escape routes that helped many slaves escape their during the mid 1800s. Slave conditions were atrocious and the underground railroad was a method of leaving behind the hardship. This movement was significant because it helped many people obtain freedom.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    This book swayed the public opinion of many. Slavery was already a hot button topic but this publication arguably was what pushed the debate to war. Over 300,000 people purchased copies of her book, even more in England. This book finally exposed the horrible conditions behind slave life and showed how white people were disadvantaged as well.
  • Bloody Antietam

    Bloody Antietam
    Antietam was a battle fought just south of Sharpsburg Maryland. Lee brought with him 75,000 soldiers. This armed conflict between the north and south was the bloodiest day in American history. Over twenty-three thousand men were killed and thousands more were injured. Though McClellan and the Union won, both sides experienced severe casualties, it was considered a victory for no one. [][]
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    This document was issued just five days after the battle of Antietam. The document declared that all slaves in the south were legally and officially free from slavery. This was an attempt to stop the south from continuing to use slave labor in order to help war efforts. Thought this document did not mean slaves were immediately granted freedom, it helped establish the North’s moral causes overseas. [][]
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    A Timeline of the United States History

    This timeline will display significant events in United States History beginning with the settlement of Jamestown in the fifteenth century and ending with the 1877 election. All of these events listed are important aspects of the United States past.