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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