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America's Best History

American History Timeline

On the following pages, organized by decade, we follow the history of the United States from the days before the American Revolution to the present day in the U.S. History Timeline. Each page includes five of the most important events that occurred each year during that decade, with a short explanation of the event and its significance.


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Take the time to read about the hows, whens, and whys of history. There's a ton of surprises just around the bend. Did you know the Fax Machine was actually invented before 1900, but nobody cared to use it, ... kinda just like today. Did you know that at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, the exhibits included the Statue of Liberty's torch and arm, Alexander Graham Bell and the phone (no, not cell phone), Thomas Edison and the phonograph, and more modern inventions that we take for granted today than you can shake a hickory stick at. Do you know anyone who shakes a hickory stick? Yes, they used to do and say that.

Go visit the places where history happened. It's a lot more interesting than you think and includes such a variety of history from politics to how the United States and nature merged to form the union we have today. Our national parks and historic sites tell that story, including the well known and lesser known spotlights around every corner.



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U.S. Timeline

Decades - Decade Name

Pre-Revolution History

1490-1499 - Columbus/Cabot
1500-1599 - Exploration
1600-1699 - Settlement
1700-1769 - American Rights

1700's

1770-1779 - The American Revolution
1780-1789 - The Nascent Democracy
1790-1799 - America Builds

1800's

1800-1809 - Exploration
1810-1819 - The War of 1812
1820-1829 - A Decade of Compromise & Doctrine
1830-1839 - Conquering the West
1840-1849 - The Mexican War
1850-1859 - Expansion & the Looming Divide
1860-1869 - The Civil War
1870-1879 - The Nation's Centennial Decade
1880-1889 - America Invents
1890-1899 - The Age of Immigration

1900's

1900-1909 - The World Begins to Fly
1910-1919 - World War I
1920-1929 - Prosperity and Its Demise
1930-1939 - The Great Depression
1940-1949 - World War II
1950-1959 - Two Cars in Every Garage
1960-1969 - Civil Rights and Turmoil
1970-1979 - The Nation in Flux
1980-1989 - The Reagan Revolution
1990-1999 - Prosperity as the World Turns

2000's

2000-2009 - The Fight against Terrorism
2010-Present - Economic Recovery

History Spotlights

Monthly Spotlight
Spotlight Index

National Park History

Abraham Lincoln to Cuyahoga Valley
Dayton Aviation to Gulf Islands
Hagerman Fossil Beds to Muir Woods
Natchez to Russell Cave
Sagamore Hill to Zion NP
Other Important National Park Service Dates

U.S. World's Fair History

United States World's Fairs
International World Expo Index


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Battle Timelines

Revolutionary War Battles

Revolutionary War Battles 1775
Revolutionary War Battles 1776
Revolutionary War Battles 1777
Revolutionary War Battles 1778
Revolutionary War Battles 1779
Revolutionary War Battles 1780
Revolutionary War Battles 1781
Revolutionary War Battles 1782
Revolutionary War Battles 1783

War of 1812 Battles

War of 1812 Battles 1812
War of 1812 Battles 1813
War of 1812 Battles 1814
War of 1812 Battles 1815

Mexican American War Battles

Mexican War Battles 1846
Mexican War Battles 1847
Mexican War Battles 1848

Civil War Battles

Civil War Battles 1861
Civil War Battles 1862
Civil War Battles 1863
Civil War Battles 1864
Civil War Battles 1865

Spanish American War

Spanish American War 1898

World War I

World War I - 1914-1916
World War I - 1917
World War I - 1918
Treaty of Versailles

World War II

World War II - 1939-1940
World War II - 1941
World War II - 1942
World War II - 1943
World War II - 1944
World War II - 1945

Korean War

Korean War 1950
Korean War 1951
Korean War 1952
Korean War 1953


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Book Reviews

Great Book for the Context of History - I'd say this would be great for anyone from age 12 and up who needs to know the context of history or the history buff who wants to be reminded where and when things happened. Recommended.

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