First permanent British settlement in No. Am. Colonized for gold. Had success with tobacco.
John Smith, Pocohantas, Powhaten, John Rolfe
The Starving Time
Pilgrims arrive from England via Mayflower.
Colonized for religious freedom.
Mayflower Compact, William Bradford
French and Indian War
French and NA vs. British and colonists.
Treaty of Paris ends the war.
Sugar and Stamp Acts
Br. Parliament imposes and colonists protest.
Taxation without representation.
Stamp Act Congress
Colonial mob attacks British troops (8).
Paul Revere's engraving printed.
Tea Act, Tea Party, Intolerable Acts
Br. Parliament repeals all but Tea Tax.
Colonists respond with tea in Boston Harbor.
Br.Parliament responds with Coercive (Intolerable) Acts.
Lexington and Concord (MA)
Revolutionary War begins as regulars march to seize weapons cache that has been moved.
Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson writes the draft.
Delegates of the 2nd CC sign on July 4th.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense
(under Articles of Confederation)
Original states gave up claims to western lands. Allowed for new states.
Missouri enters as a slave state.
Slavery forbidden north of 36*30' latitude.
Establishes US domination in the Western Hemisphere in the Era of Good Feelings.
13th, 14th, 15th Amendments
Congress abolishes slavery and gives rights to African Americans.
US Stock Market Crashes
Great Depression begins.
Black Tuesday, Dust Bowl, migration, Hoovervilles
End of World War II
Germany surrenders to the Allies. US drops bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end war in Pacific. United Nations charter adopted.
Manhattan Project, NM
Brown v. Board of Education
Supreme Court rules segregated schools are unconstitutional, overturning Plessy v. Ferguson.
Rosa Parks / Bus Boycott
Arrested for refusing to vacate bus seat for a white man. Boycott in Montgomery, AL. Supreme Court says segregated public transportation unconstitutional.
Bay of Pigs / Cuban Missile Crisis
US forces invade Cuba.
Near-nuclear showdown with the Soviet Union.
March on Washington / JFK Assassinated
MLK Jr. leads march for civil rights legislation. President JFK is shot in Dallas, TX.
Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby
Civil Rights Act / Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Congress passes CR Act.
Approves escalation of troops in Vietnam.
Tet Offensive / MLK Jr. Assassinated
Viet Cong activity increases anti-war sentiment.
MLK Jr. shot in Memphis, TN.
Camp David Peace Accords
President Jimmy Carter negotiates a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.
Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat
Exposed: President Reagan's administration secretly defied Congress and provided arms to Iran for cash to help Nicaraguan rebels.
Presidential Election: Florida Recount
Al Gore contests George W. Bush's victory and asks for recount. Supreme Court rules this would be unconstitutional.
9/11 and the War on Terror
Muslim terrorists hijack 4 commercial airplanes. 2 are flown into the World Trade Center, 1 hits the Pentagon, and 1 crashes in a Pennsylvania field.
US invades Afghanistan.
Al-Qaeda, Todd Beamer, Let's roll