History - Better Studied Than Ignored
History is the great arbiter of time. Use the links to see a variety of historical events since the founding of our country and for us to better understand our nation, our government and our culture. The Links below cover Historical Periods with a Supplements Link for additional learning resources about American History
1700 thru 1813
Revolution - More than one issue in the 13 colonies caused people to rise up against the British throne. One reason lost to most Americans is the fact that Britain bore the cost of sending troops to the Americas to fight in the French and Indian War. The unpopular tax acts passed by the British Crown was in part to recover those costs. But many colonists would have no part of it. Wars and Nation Building - There are two distinctions to this U.S. war. One, the impressment of U.S. sailors by British ships lent to the harsh feelings towards the British Crown. Second, it was a war declared by our government against a foreign power.
1813 thru 1890
War With Mexico - Events in the mid-1800's shaped what our national boundaries were to become. Much in the way of land spoils came as a result of the Mexican American conflict. Brother Against Brother - Our Civil War sometimes pitted brother against brother. While Slavery is seen as a primary force for the Union, many other economic factors predicated this American upheaval.
1891 thru 1940
American Troops Abroad - Spain dominated Cuba in the late 19th century. Spurred by tales against the population by their Spanish overlords, it took an explosion on the battleship Maine to catapult our country into conflict. The War to End All Wars - A Bosnian student changed history one day in 1914 by assassinating a member of German royalty and his wife. The resulting war produced some of the most horrific weapons used in conflict and killed millions of Europe's young men. Social Management - The act of making alcohol illegal was an effort to place controls on an American society. See how the experiment went. Having grown up on Chicago's south side, tales of parents and friend's parents involvement in this era was the norm for the Webmaster. The Big Crash - The stock market crash of '29 may have been the instigator of the Depression but economic policies made it more prolonged. See what your grandparents endured to give us a better life.
1940's thru 1950's
World War II - The War to end all wars, World War I, was only one generation in the past when the next global conflict erupted. Within about four years the United States had primarily contributed to the defeat of Germany and Japan on opposite sides of the globe. The Boom - War over and many soldiers coming home. Results: baby boom and our economy bursting at the seams.
1950's thru 1975
The Cold War - After World War II the regional spoils of Europe were overseen by the U.S., Britain and Russia. The futures of the areas overseen were vastly different. Changes in the 60's - I graduated High School and got married during the turbulent 60's. My friends went to Woodstock, I went to the Altar. Viet Nam - The Communist Threat reared up first shortly after World War II. After the French were driven from this Asian battleground, American President's committed America to another War.
1975 thru Present
Bosnian War - Unknown to many, the United States has sent troops to protect Muslims in this region, plus Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Afghanistan. The Gulf War and Iraqi Freedom - Under George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, American troops entered Iraq. The first conflict I agreed with, the second I did not. War in Afghanistan - After America witnessed planes flying into the twin towers, the pentagon and into a Pennsylvania field, someone needed a butt kickin'. We are still there fighting.