The Late 19th Century in America

From the Civil War onward, America grew in many different directions. These sites fill you in on industrialization, Reconstruction, and the move toward the 20th Century.


Reconstruction
After the Civil War, the U.S. Government tried to rebuild the South. Find out how.

The Gadsden Purchase
The Gadsden Purchase was a land deal that completed the outline of the contiguous United States. Signed in 1853, it was named for James Gadsden, who was then the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

Industrial Revolution
Find out more about how machines and factories changed the face of the United States forever.

Railroad History
See how railroads defined a new era in American history.

The Building of the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France and was dedicated on October 28, 1886, on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The Statue and the island on which it sits have varied histories.

Pineapples First Arrive in Hawaii
The pineapple, long a symbol of Hawaii, did not originate there. Even though Polynesians lived on Hawaii for a great many years, the pineapple is not native to the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, pineapples did not appear there until January 11, 1813. Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, a Spanish advisor to King Kamehameha, brought the famous fruits back with him.

Age of Imperalism
See what colonies and policies the American government sought during this often turbulent time in history.

A History of Immigration in the USA USA
Lots of solid detail here

Everyday Life and Women in America
This excellent site focuses on life at home in America. While wars were fought on American soil and overseas, how did people at home cope? This site tells you that and much more.

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
Was it caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow? How much damage did it do? Could it have been prevented?

The First Phone Call
It happened March 10, 1876. Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant, Mr. Watson, to the next room by telephone.

Thomas Edison
See the brilliance of this famous inventor, who gave us the light bulb, the phonograph, and much more.

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