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American History Timeline

United States 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. 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.




Opportunities

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.

Decades

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

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

New York 1853-4
Philadelphia 1876
Chicago 1893
San Francisco 1894
St. Louis 1904
Portland 1905
Jamestown 1907
Seattle 1909
San Francisco 1915
Philadelphia 1926
Chicago 1933
San Francisco 1939-40
New York 1939-40
Seattle 1962
New York 1964-5
San Antonio 1968
Spokane 1974


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.

Very Good Compilation

This was a great refresher for someone who was very big into my history lessons. Great for quizzing your kids.

Testimonials

  • The Timeline of America's Best History from americasbesthistory.com has been used by the video department of the Freemasons Association as a reference source in a recent documentary on the Masons in history.
  • Up to 12,500 people per day use America's Best History and the U.S. Timeline to check on the context of history as well as to read about the best historic sites and national parks in the United States to visit.