Hello 2nd Grade! Today, we will work on a timeline in Kidspiration2 or Power Point. It will be about American History...

Here is some info on AMERICA'S STORY!

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In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue! He sailed from Spain to the new world. He was born in Italy but Italy didnt believe in him enough to fund his trip, so Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain paid for the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria to set sail.
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The United States wanted to be free from Great Britain's control, so we went to war against them in the American Revolution. The war lasted from 1775 to 1783. The British tried adding new taxes for the colonists to pay, but they were not allowed to voice their opinions to British government. The colonists said "No taxation without representation", which meant they wouldn't pay taxes to a country that wouldn't allow any of the colonists to have a say in what was happening. One of the greatest leaders was General George Washington, who would go on to be our first President of the United States.

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Declaration of Independence signed in Philadelphia: Ratified 1776.

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Louisiana Purchase: 828,000 square miles. Purchased from France in 1803. The cost was only $15,000,000, that equals only 3 cents per acre! Imagine buying all of the land that our school is on for around $1. Not a bad deal at all for the United States!
The land purchased contains all of what is now Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; parts of Minnesota that were west of the Mississippi River; most of North Dakota; nearly all of South Dakota; northeastern New Mexico; northern Texas; the portions of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide; and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River, including the city of New Orleans. Thomas Jefferson made sure that this deal happened, and Lewis and Clark were one of the main groups of explorers who checked out the land and reported back to Jefferson.

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Gold Rush: 1848-1855 in California. In 1848 it was announced that my favorite color was found in the ground GOLD!!! Many people rushed to get their fair share of the valuable material, whether it be tiny little pebble size or huge chunks.

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Civil War The North was at war with the South in the United States. Abraham Lincoln was president, and the war went on from 1861 to 1865. During this time, slavery finally became illegal in the United States. The South was so unhappy, they even tried to break away from the North and make their own country called The Confederate States.

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"Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you." Those are the first words spoken in a phone call. The date was March 10, 1876, and they are nothing like today's phones!!


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Model T- This was a car most Americans could afford to buy in the early 1900's. They were quick and cheap to build and easy to fix. They were produced from 1908-1927, with over 15 million made.
The later ones could be bought in any color you like, as long as you like black! (They only made black because that paint dried the fastest, it was durable, and of course- cheap!) If you got one from 1908-1914, other colors were available- actually black wasn't one of your choices until 1914- when it became the only choice!

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World War I This was from 1914-1918. Many countries were involved in fighting, that's why it was later called World War I. It was supposed to be "the war to end all wars." Unfortunately, that didnt happen.
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TELEVISION IS HERE!! In the late 1920's and into the 1930's, TV started coming into more and more households. Take a look at the one below...does it look like the one you use today? I doubt it!!

PS- Guess what happened in 1950- COLOR TV was finally released!!

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On December 7, 1941 the United States once again found itself nearly at war. We were attacked by Japan at a place called Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We were not at all ready for the attack and didnt have any idea it was going to happen. This led us into World War 2.

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We've landed! On July 20, 1969, the United States landed astronauts on the moon.

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October 18, 1985- Finally it has arrived: NINTENDO!! A bit less sophisticated than today's systems, but when Mr. McGee was growing up, this was the cooooooooolest thing around!! When there was nobody else to play against, I could challenge "Rob the Robot".

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