America's top 40 Historical Events

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1607

1st permanent English settlement, Jamestown founded

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1619

First record of enslaved Africans arriving in VA

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1763

Peace of Paris ends French and Indian War/Proclamation Line

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1776

Declaration of Independence

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1781-1787

Critical Period (Articles of Confederation)

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1789

Ratification of US Constitution/ New Government Established

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1793

Rise of King Cotton in the South - further entrenchment of slavery in America

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1800

Jefferson elected/transfer of power to new political party/America's 1st Party

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1803

Jefferson purchases LA Territory from French... debate over legality of this

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1828

Election of (King?) Andrew Jackson/America's 2nd Party Begins

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1838

Trail of Tears- 6,000 native people die from Jackson's previous signing of 1830 Indian Removal Act

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1848

Seneca Falls Convention is held... 1st convention on rights of women in US

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1857

Dred Scott case legalizes slavery everywhere in US-identified states and territories

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1861-1865

American Civil War

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1863

President Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation

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1864-1877

Reconstruction Era

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1887

Dawes Act is signed by Pres. Cleveland

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1890

Wounded Knee Massacre occurs

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1896

Plessy v Ferguson US Supreme Court Cases legalizes segregation/Jim Crow laws become further entrenched

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1898

Spanish American War begins and put into question America's world power/purpose

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1898-1917

Progressive Era.. women and men in US fight for more rights and liberties

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1909

NAACP founded

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1914-1918

WW1/US involvement from 1917-1918

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1929

Stock Market Crash/Beginning of Great Depression

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1941

FDR announces the Four Freedom/US enters WWII

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1945

Yalta Conference/V-E Day/V-J Day/End of WWII

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1950-1953

Korean War....often referred to as the "Forgotten War" No formal declaration by US

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1954

Brown v Board of Education Supreme court cases ends legalized segregation in public schools

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1954-1968-today

US Civil Rights movement—including Red Power, Black Power, Women's Rights, LGBTQ+

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1963

Historical March on Washington occurs-MLK has a dream/Feminine Mystique published

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1964

Historic Civil Rights Act signed by Johnson & Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

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1964-1973

Direct Involvement by United States in Vietnam War

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1968

Assassination of MLK/"Indian" Civil Rights Act passed/Tet Offensive/antiwar demonstrations/riots at Democratic Convention

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1969

Stonewall Uprising occurs

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1974

Resignation of Nixon & Watergate Scandal

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1980

Election of Reagan marks upswing of conservative politics

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1989

Berlin Wall falls/political change in Eastern Europe

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1991

Gulf War

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2001

US attacked by members of Al Qaida

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2015

Same sex marriage is legalized by the US Supreme Court

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