Events leading up to the Spanish American War

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1863

the Homestead Act became a law allowing settlers to claim 160 acres of land after they have lived there for five years

1865

the 13th Amendment is ratified prohibiting slavery

1865

Lincoln is succeeded by A. Johnson

1865

A. Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth

1867

US buys Alaska from Russia

1868

14th Amendment is ratified stating all people born in the US are citizens

1868

President Johnson is impeached but acquitted at this trail

1869

Transcontinental railroad is joined and created

1869

Grant is inaugurated as the 18th President

1870

15th Amendment is ratified giving blacks the right to vote

1871

Chicago fire

1872

Credit Mobilier scandal breaks

1873

Grant's second inauguration

1876

Custard's Last Stand

1877

first telephone line is built and was installed in the White House the next year

1877

Hayes is inaugurated

1881

Arthur is inaugurated

1881

Garfield is shot

1881

Garfield is inaugurated

1882

Standard time is adopted

1885

Cleveland is inaugurated

1886

American Federation of Labor is organized

1886

Statue of Liberty is given to the US

1890

Wounded Knee Massacre and west was officially settled

1890

National American Suffrage Association is founded

1890

Sherman Antitrust Act

1892

Ellis Island becomes chief immigration station of US

1893

Cleveland is second inauguration

1896

Plessy vs Ferguson

1897

McKinley is inaugurated

1898

Spanish American War

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