American History Timeline

The New World
bullet Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
Colonial Era and Revolutionary War (1607-1783)
bullet Jamestown, Québec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings
bullet American Origins: 1600-1900
bullet Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
bullet Gunboat Philadelphia
bullet The Age of Revolution
bullet The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
"Revolution and the New Nation"
bullet Spotlight: Biography, Founding Fathers
bullet George and Martha Washington: Portraits from the Presidential Years
bullet A Letter from George Washington: November 30, 1785
bullet Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848
bullet Franklin & His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America
A New Nation: Exploration and Expansion (1783-1860)
bullet Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin, 1793
bullet Early Industrialization Timeline from Whole Cloth: Discovering Science & Technology through American Textile History
bullet Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806
bullet The Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
bullet Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
bullet Trail of Tears: Forced Migration of Cherokee Indians 1838-1839
bullet The Amistad Case,  February 22, 1841
bullet 1846: Portrait of the Nation
bullet Founding of the Smithsonian Institution, 1846
bullet Seneca Falls Convention for Women's Rights, 1848
bullet As Precious as Gold and Stories from the Gold Rush
bullet United States Postage Stamps: Celebrating America's History
bullet Samuel F.B. Morse invents the telegraph, 1837
Civil War (1861-1865)
bullet "Winchester," General Sheridan's War Horse
bullet Spotlight: Biography, Civil War
bullet Civil War Reading List
bullet Civil War Studies at the Smithsonian
bullet CivilWar@Smithsonian
bullet Civil War Field Printing
bullet Mathew Brady's Civil War Period Portraits
bullet Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863
bullet The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863
bullet The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden
"Civil War and Reconstruction"

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Hall of Presidents
Presidential Timeline

A View of the Bombardment of Fort McHenry," print by J. Bower, Philadelphia, 1816.
Story of the Star-Spangled Banner

Morse/Vail telegraph key, 1844
Invention of the telegraph
marks the start of  the
Information Age
Eli Whitney Cotton Gin
Eli Whitney patents
cotton gin, 1793

Civil War Studies at the Smithsonian
Civil War 1861-1865

Milestones of Flight
Milestones of Flight

Produce for Victory
Posters on the American
Home Front (1941-45)

  Woolworth's Lunch Counter
Timeline of the Struggle
for Equal Rights in America

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Moon Landing
Moon Landing
July 20, 1969

Carbons to Computers
Timeline of  the growth
of the American office

Reconstruction, Urbanization, and Industrialization (1865-1889)
bullet 13th Amendment outlaws slavery, 1865
bullet Thomas Alva Edison
bullet Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A History of American Sweatshops, 1820-Present
The Progressive Era (1890-1913)
bullet Wright Brothers fly the first successful airplane, December 17, 1903
bullet Theodore Roosevelt, Icon of the American Century
bullet "Make the Dirt Fly" Building the Panama Canal
World War I and the Jazz Age (1914-1928)
bullet Great War in the Air, World War I
bullet Cher Ami, World War I Carrier Pigeon
bullet The American Automobile
The Great Depression (1929-1939)
bullet 1939: Recovering from the Great Depression
bullet Frances Perkins: New Deal Stateswoman and Labor Reformer
World War II (1941-1945)
bullet G.I. World War II
bullet Produce for Victory, Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)
bullet V-Mail, "Victory" Mail from World War II
bullet The Enola Gay drops atomic bomb, Aug. 6, 1945
The Modern Era (1945-present)
bullet The Marshall Plan, George C. Marshall, Soldier of Peace
bullet Cold War (1945-1991)
bullet Spotlight: Biography: Korean War, 1950-1953
bullet Space Race
bullet Fast Attacks and Boomers: Submarines in the Cold War
bullet The Presidency and the Cold War
bullet Rebels: Painters and Poets of the 1950s
bullet Separate is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education,
May 17, 1954
bullet Whatever Happened to Polio?
bullet The 1960s
bullet Teaching Math and Science in the Age of Sputnik
bullet Woolworth's Sit-in, Greensboro, NC, February 1, 1960
bullet Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969
bullet A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law, 1965-1971
bullet The 1970s
bullet Photographing History: Fred J. Maroon and the Nixon Years, 1970-1974
bullet Energy Crises of the 1970's
bullet The Late 20th-Century
bullet Deregulation of Electrical Power: Powering a Generation of Change
bullet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is signed into law, 1990
bullet The 21st-Century
bullet Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
bullet September 11: Bearing Witness to History
bullet September 11, 2001: Collecting and Exhibiting a National Tragedy

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