American History

Timeline created by Bryan E. Mengel
In History
  • 1300

    Native American folk lore

    Native American folk lore
    Before Englishmen sailed to the Americas many natives lived in tribes throughout the land. Their type of literature included folktales which were unwritten stories told and past down generation to generation. Stories such usually carried a message or explanation about the world with them.
  • 1492

    Christopher Columbus

    Christopher Columbus
    Christopher Columbus was determined to find a way to travel from Europe to Asia but never did. Instead, when he traveled across the Atlantic he made his way to the Americas. Eventually, this would lead to the colonization of North America and the great country that we know today.
  • Upon the Burning of our house by Anne Bradstreet

    Upon the Burning of our house by Anne Bradstreet
    This poem depicts a woman waking up in a house on fire and narrowly escaping. She thanks God for letting her survive the tragic event safely. Then as she goes back through the rubble she realizes that is was more than a house that she lost, it was a home, and a place where she had made many memories.
  • Huswifery by Edward Taylor

    Huswifery by Edward Taylor
    A woman is asking God to work through her. She wants to complete her tasks as a loyal servant. More than anything she wants to reach heaven by having god recreate her and make her into who she is supposed to be.
  • Revolutionary War

    Revolutionary War
    This war was fought between Great Britain and the 13 colonies. The war took place from 1775 until 1783 and was fought in order for the 13 colonies to claim their independence and be formally known as the United States. The war was started due to Great Britain wanting to heavily tax the colonies for the French and Indian War.
  • Declaration of Independence by the Founding Fathers

    Declaration of Independence by the Founding Fathers
    The declaration of Independence was a written document stating that the 13 colonies were breaking away from Great Britain's control.
  • Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

    Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe
    After the betrayal of a friendship, one friend seeks out revenge. During a festival, Fortunato plans on killing Montresor for his bad deeds. He tells Montresor that he has a bottle of Amontillado in a cellar. He Leads Montresor down a long chamber stopping along the way to drink. Eventually reaching a hole in which a Fortunado begins the seal shut behind Montresor. Before placing the last brick Fortunado throughs a torch into the small hole to burn up the little oxygen that was left.
  • Scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    During the Salem witch trials, Hester Prynne commits an act of adultery. Her actions lead her to be forced to wear a scarlet letter "A" on her chest. However, she embraced this punishment and overall it made her into a better role model.
  • Romanticism

    This was a period of time when there was a change in English art, literature, and music. Some things that writers would talk about were their purpose in life and the questioning of organized religion. Writers also focused on talking about their emotions. Many popular books came from this era including The Scarlet Letter, Frankenstine, and Lyrical Ballads.
  • Victorian Era

    Victorian Era
    The Victorian era was a period of time from 1837 until 1901 when Queen Victoria ruled over the U.K. In the U.S the industrial revolution made more exclusive items accessible to the majority of people. Soon the rich were moving out of the big cities and out to country estates where they would fill their homes with art and other collectibles. The Victorian era came to an end before the start of WWI
  • A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

    A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
    Mrs.Sommers wakes up early in the morning feeds her kids and gets them ready for their day. She then spends the rest of her day indulging herself which she rarely does. She ends up buying herself a nice pair of silk stockings that make her feel like she's part of a different social class.
  • WWl

    Started after the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. Last 4 years from 1914 until 1918. It was a battle between the Allies ( GB, France, Russia, Italy, and the US) and the Central Powers (Germany Austria Hungry Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria) This war lead to the start of WW2
  • Prohibition

    Prohibition was started in America due to the belief that alcohol was the cause of a lot of personal and social problems. The 18th Amendment made it illegal to manufacture, sell, and transport alcohol. It was believed that it would help with poverty, crime, and violence. Bootleggers soon took advantage of this opportunity to make extreme amounts of money by illegally selling liquor. Eventually, the 21st amendment was added to the Constitution repealing the 18th amendment.
  • Women rights movement

    Women rights movement
    The women's rights movement started in the mid-1800s and didn't end until the 19th amendment was added to the constitution. It took a long time and there was even a protest in Washington in order to gain equal rights. Due to their persistency even during a time of war eventually, the president saw that it was fit to give women the equality they deserved.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Nick is new to the West Egg, a fictional island outside of New York populated by wealthy people. Nick lives near Gatsby; one of the richest men on the island who made a fortune due to bootlegging. He eventually becomes friends with Gatsby at a party and falls in love with a golfer who he meets through his cousin. The story ends in tragedy when Gatsby's love for a married woman eventually gets him killed.
  • Roaring 20's

    Roaring 20's
    A time of economic prosperity in Western society. Many people in the United States were finding ways around prohibition. There was also a new wave of dancing, fashion, and music with the introduction of jazz. Towards the end of the roaring twenties however, the stock market crashed and sparked the beginning of the Great Depression.
  • The Great Depression

    The Great Depression
    After the stock market crash of 1929, the US went first and many nations soon followed. The cause of the crash was partially due to multiple bank failures. America recovered from the depression by entering the second world war.
  • WWll

    This war was fought between the majority of the world's countries and eventually all of the great powers. The war took America out of the great depression. The war lasted from 1939 to 1945.
  • Cinderella by Anne sexton

    Cinderella by Anne sexton
    After being forced to live with her evil stepmother and sisters Cinderella gets the opportunity of a lifetime. She wishes for and receives a beautiful dress to wear to the ball. After spending a night with the prince and then suddenly leaving him He takes to the streets the next day searching for the woman whose foot fits the shoe that Cinderella left behind. It takes time to eliminate those who did not fit but eventually, the two are reunited and the prince takes Cinderella to be his wife.
  • To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

    To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
    This book looks over the Fitch family and the trial of Tom Robinson. During the 1930s racial discrimination was quite common. So when Mr. Fitch took the case to defend Mr. Robinson the whole town was almost shaken to its core.
  • Civil Rights era

    Civil Rights era
    The civil rights era was a period of time in the US when Jim crow laws were being outlawed as well as many other racially discriminatory practices. The fight for social justice took 10 years from 1950 to 1960. There were many peaceful protests along with a lot of bloodshed in order to obtain equality.
  • Vietnam War

    Vietnam War
    The Vietnam war lasted from 1955 to 1975. The war took place in Vietnam and the US was involved in order to stop the spread of communism. There was controversy about whether or not America should have stepped in or not and it also was the last time the US had a draft.
  • Cold War

    Cold War
    After WWII there became tension between the USSR and the United States. The use of satellites became a necessity in order to spy on either state. Eventually, the US and the USSR started a space race to the moon in which the US won. The cold war came to an end in 1991.
  • 9/11

    September 11th marks the day that the terrorist group al-Qaeda launched an attack on US soil. Two planes crashed into the twin towers in New York. One of the planes crashed into the Pentagon. The last plane was headed for the White House when the passengers stormed the cockpit and crashed the plane in a field.
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