By Martin Kelly, About.com Guide
- Korean and Vietnam Conflicts
- Cold War
- Industrial Revolution
- Great Depression
- Civil Rights Movement
The Revolutionary War lasted from 1775-1783. This fight between Great Britain and its thirteen colonies was the result of years of growing conflict. After the French and Indian War that occurred between 1754-1763, the British government began requiring the colonies to pay higher taxes. Over time, protests and conflict led to a tightening of control by the Mother Country. Beginning with the fighting at Lexington and Concord in April 1775, open warfare broke out.
- What Caused the American Revolution?
- Top 10 Founding Fathers
- Boston Massacre
- Declaration of Independence
- Treaty of Paris
The Civil War which lasted from 1861 to 1865 divided the United States to such an extent that its impact can still be felt over 140 years later. Many of the major causes of the war were set from the inception of the Constitution. The battles, both large and small, were horribly bloody and resulted in over 600,000 deaths and over 450,000 injuries.
- Civil War Overview
- Causes of the Civil War
- Events Leading to the Civil War
- Civil War Battles by State
- Top 6 Civil War Movies
War of 1812
The War of 1812 has sometimes been called the Second War of Independence and was fought between the United States and Great Britain. During the war, Washington D. C. was taken over, and President Madison was forced to flee. The war ended in 1815 essentially restoring the status quo between the two countries.
The Spanish-American War began in 1898 as a direct result of an incident that occurred in Havana harbor. On February 15, 1898, an explosion occurred on the USS Maine that caused the deaths of over 250 American sailors. Even though later investigations have shown that the explosion was a accident in the boiler room of the ship, public furor arose and pushed the country to war because of what was believed at the time to be Spanish sabotage.
World War 1
World War 1 was fought between 1914 and 1918, though the United States did not enter the war until 1917. The causes of World War 1 are complicated and based on years of entangling alliances and competition between nations.
World War 2
When events began happening in Europe that would eventually lead to World War 2, many Americans took an increasingly hard line towards getting involved. World War 1 had caused an increased desire for isolationism amongst the American people. However, the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to America's involvement in the war.
Korean and Vietnam Conflicts
Both Korea and Vietnam were "hot" wars that occured during the Cold War era. In both of the conflicts, America was fighting overseas to try and stop the spread of communism. Unfortunately, neither war resulted in victory for the United States and both led to increased dissension amongst the American people.
- Top Essentials to Know About the Korean War
- Top Essentials to Know About the Vietnam War
- Dwight Eisenhower
The Cold War was a stand-off between the two major superpowers left at the end of World War II: the United States and the Soviet Union. They both tried to further their own ends by influencing nations around the world. The period was marked by conflict and increasing tension that only resolved with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.
The Industrial Revolution changed the course of human history. The United States used the power of this revolution to catapult itself into a world superpower.
- Overview of the Industrial Revolution
- Industrial Revolution Chart
- Top 10 Significant Industrial Revolution Inventors
- Industrial Revolution Quiz
- Invention of the Steam Engine
Read about the fascinating Prohibition Era, a time when America decided to "legally" give up drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, the experiment ended in failure with growing crime rates and lawlessness.
- Prohibition Timeline
- Herbert Hoover's Speech About the Ills of Prohibition
- Herbert Hoover
- Franklin Roosevelt
The effects of the Great Depression was huge across the world. Not only did it lead to the New Deal in America but more significantly, it was a direct cause of the rise of extremism in Germany leading to World War II.
- Top 5 Causes of the Great Depression
- Top 10 New Deal Programs
- New Deal Acronyms
- Herbert Hoover
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Civil Rights Movement
Read about the people, places and events that shaped the modern United States Civil Rights movement. The Brown decision heralded the beginning of the movement. However, many more struggles had to be endured before seeing a real change in the American History.