Between 1776 - 1860, more states in the West entered into the Union while the North and South became separated due to economy & slavery. After Abraham Lincoln was elected, the South became their own country: Confederate States of America with President Elect Jefferson Davis. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed the slaves. Civil War broke out at Fort Sumter, climaxed at Gettysburg and ended at the Alamo: 600,000 dead. The Union was preserved. Reconstruction followed.
1914 - 1918 WW1
1920 - 1928 The Roaring 20's
1928 Stock Market Crash
1928 - 1941 - The Great Depression
1932 New Deal
December 7th, 1941 - Pearl Harbor
1941 - 1945 WW2
Between the years of 1947 - 1988, the Cold War was fought as a chess game on the planet and even to the moon between the two superpowers: the United States and Russia. Both participated in the Nuclear Arms race and the space race. Both put their troops/weapons near each other aiming them at each other. Ronald Reagan was able to resolve the War in 1988.
Other Key Events:
1959 – 1975 Vietnam War (50,000 American soldiers dead)
1961 - Bay of Pigs invasion
1962 - Cuban Missle Crisis
1963 - Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech; Kennedy Assissinated
1968 – King Assassinated
1974 – Watergate, Nixon resigns
1988 – Cold War ends
1991 – First Bush, first Iraq War
2000 – Second Bush wins contested 2000 election.
2001 – September 11th Attacks; War in Afghanistan
2003 – 2009 Second Iraq War (4,000 – 5,000 American soldiers dead)