Jamestown founded: first permanent english settlement in North America
First African-Americans: beginning of the slave trade and sectional problems for the country
Puritans: Great Migration
End of French and Indian War: end of salutary neglect and beginning of tax/troops in colonies
Declaration of Independence: revolutionary war has been going on for one year - Jefferson writes
Revolution ends: Treaty of Paris provides recognition for the US as a new nation
Constitution written: new govt established as Articles of Confederation fail
Bill of Rights: first 10 amendments to the constitution guarantee individual liberties
Cotton gin: eli whitney's invention increases need for slave labor
Revolution of 1800: Jefferson elected; peaceful change of power from one party to another
Louisiana Purchase: US doubled in size as expansion fever begins
Erie Canal completed
War with Mexico: Culmination of Manifest Destiny with southwest land added
Civil War begins: sectional strife finally leads to a 4 year war - slavery is just one issue
14th Amendment: guarantees equal protection of the laws - used frequently today
1st Transcontinental Railroad: nation's size becomes more practical and Asia becomes more important
SpAm War: US becomes imperialist power
WWI begins: isolationist, the US declares neutrality - but weren't really neutral
US enters WWI: US is drawn into "the war to end all wars" - or so we said at the time
19th Amendment: women are finally given the right to vote
Stock Market Crash: a symptom of the problems leading to the Great Depression
New Deal begins: FDR's response to the depression changes the country forever
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