History Project 1
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Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden. He wrote this book because he wanted to enforce Civil Disobedience. This then became the basis for Martin Luther King Jr.'s African American civil rights movement.
The Seneca Falls Convention was an early and influential women's rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York. This one convention was the beginning of the Women's Rights Movement.
The California Gold Rush started when gold was founded by James W. Marshall built a sawmill nearby the American River. He inspected the canal that brought water to Sutter's Mill. Gold rushes occur when large numbers of people move to a site where gold has been found. Miners soon found gold in the other streams flowing out of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. That following year thousands of gold seekers set out to make their fourtunes. This then started very dangerous mining camps that began as rows of tents along the streams flowing out of the Sierra Navada. Significance: California became a state.
Because of the famine found in potatoes in Ireland, many Irish people came to the United States in hopes to not get the disease. This problem would be know as a push factor for the United States.
Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became a leader of the abolitionist movement. Douglass wrote several autobiographies that described his life as a slave and his struggle to be free. His first autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, was published in 1845 and was his best known work.
The harsh journey of the Cherokee from their homeland to Indian Territory. General Vinfield Scott rounded up about 16,000 Cherokees and forced them into camps. Soldiers took people from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This led to the United States pushing the Indians off thier land.
After the Mexicans came back to Alamo San Jacinto to win the Fort back from the Texans, the Texans came back and within 18 violent minutes killed more than half or the Mexican army, and captured the Alamo back. Therefore, Santa Anna was forced to sign a treaty giving Texas its freedom, making Texas independent. The state of Texas remained an independent republic for almost ten more years. This led to the Untied States gaining Texas and much of the Western States today.
The Lowell Massachusetts Girls labor strike was the beginning of organized Labor Unions. The young female organized to protest these wage cuts in 1834 and 1836. Harriet Hanson Robinson was one of those factory operatives who worked in Lowell at the age of ten, who later became an author and advocate of women’s suffrage.
The Battle of the Alamo was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Mexico, or Mexican troops, were led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The Republic of Texas, who fought with the captians of Sam Houston, William Travis, and Juan Seguin. Davy Crokett was also fought for the Texans in order to capture the Alamo. After a 13 violent days, the Mexicans came out victorious! This became the unite of the Texans.
Joseph Smith was thinks that he founded the Mormon Faith because he encountered God and Angles in the woods that told him about the Mormon Faith. He published a book called, "The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi." The significance of his death was that he was killed because he was a Mormon. This also produced another leader for the Mormon teaching, Brigham Young.
The Webster's Dictionary was published by Noah Webster. He created it to create an American English Dictionary. In the U.S. his name became synonymous for "dictionary."
During the election of Andrew Jackson, rules on who could vote were eased which increased the number of voters. Over many years, other groups gained the right to vote including African Americans, women, and Native Americans. Today's elections are open to all citizens over the age of 18. The election of 1828 changed the people who vote today and people could vote for themselves for elections.