Ch 15: Major Events in U.S. History

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Bring to mind what you have learned about major events in U.S. history by going over this chapter. Allow the lessons to help you get reacquainted with significant dates and individuals, and use the keywords in bold to memorize important information.

Major Events in U.S. History - Chapter Summary

As there are many major events in U.S. history, brushing up with this review chapter may help you keep all the important names and dates straight in your mind. After all, U.S. history spans from the development of the new U.S. government and the ratification of the Constitution all the way to our current issues of the war in Afghanistan. Potential U.S. history topics you can go over in this chapter include:

  • The effects and causes of the War of 1812
  • Factors that affected the 19th century economic expansion
  • Industrialization in America
  • U.S. expansion westward from 1820-1860
  • Causes and results of the American Civil War
  • World War I involvement and after effects
  • Overview of the Great Depression and its impact
  • World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor
  • Early events and the causes of the Cold War
  • Causes that led to U.S. involvement in the Korean War
  • Conflicts and results of the Vietnam War
  • Political figures and major events of the Gulf War
  • Analyzing the Iraq war

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15 Lessons in Chapter 15: Major Events in U.S. History
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The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

1. The Ratification of the Constitution and the New U.S. Government

The U.S. Constitution may be one of the most important documents in history, but it wasn't a sure thing. A lot of debate took place. There were many people passionate about ratification, and many people passionate about ensuring it didn't get ratified. The divide over the Constitution shows us the root of political parties in the U.S.

War of 1812: Causes & Effects

2. War of 1812: Causes & Effects

In this lesson, you'll examine the events that led to the War of 1812, as well as the effects that the war had on a young American nation. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a short quiz.

Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

3. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.

American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

4. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

New agricultural technology revolutionized the North, South and West. In this lesson, learn how that technology ushered in the Market Revolution in America.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

5. Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.

The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

6. The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

There were many political, economic, and social factors that led to the Civil War. In this lesson, we'll explore the causes of this war and its impact on the country.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

7. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.

The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

8. The Great Depression: Timeline, Causes & Impact

In this lesson, we explore the Great Depression and the economic trends and practices that caused the greatest economic meltdown in the history of the world.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

9. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

10. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

11. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

12. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.

Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

13. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.

Understanding the Iraq War

14. Understanding the Iraq War

The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

15. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.

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