The Early 19th Century in America

Learn more about the state of the nation from 1800 to the 1850s.

The Making of America
See how the new nation developed, from its beginnings to the Industrial Revolution.

The War of 1812
Find out more about the second war between the United States and Great Britain.

The Missouri Compromise 
Why was it called the Missouri Compromise? Find out what other state came into the Union along with Missouri. The background, details, and links to the text of the Compromise can be found in this historically accurate, easy-to-read article.

How Haiti Saved the United States 
A slave revolt in Haiti saved the United States. How did it happen? Largely through the efforts of one man: Toussaint L'Overture.

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835
The New York Sun printed a series of articles that became known as the Great Moon Hoax, beginning on August 25, 1835. Among the claims were that Earth's Moon contained the trappings of civilization, including animal life and even buildings. The series of six articles ran on consecutive days, and people believed the fantastic claims, so much so that circulation of the newspaper skyrocketed and the articles were reprinted in other countries around the world. One Italian publication even created lithographs of the exotic wildlife described.

The Industrial Revolution
See how machines took over the production of just about everything in America in the 19th Century.

The Cotton Gin
Learn more about this famous invention.

Alexis de Tocqueville
Learn all about the life of this famous Frenchman, author of Democracy in America

Gold Rush Timeline
Follow the events as they happen on this helpful timeline.

The Mexican War
Find out all about the war between Mexico and America.

The Northwest Territory
Learn all about this famous destination for American settlers.

The Erie Canal
How the Erie Canal was created and financed is the story of one man's desire and many people's skepticism. That one man was New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton. His opponents called the Erie Canal "Clinton's Folly," but Clinton had the last laugh, as the Canal became one of the nation's busiest waterways and most enduring symbols of rising industrial might.

The Nullification Crisis
Read about the causes, criticisms, and consequences of this great constitutional struggle.

History of Woman's Suffrage in the U.S.
This timeline matches dates and events and gives you a good overview of the struggle for suffrage.

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