The History of the USA

by Ben Alford

A quick overview on the USA from when it was founded in 1776.

  • The USA was founded in 1776, after the American War of Independence
  • The Declaration of Independence said …
  • ”All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

19th century 

  • During the nineteenth century, settlers moved into the ‘Wild West’ and railroads and towns spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 
  • Most of the USA’s Native Peoples (Indians) were wiped out or forced to resettle during this period.
  • The economy of the southern states was based on Slavery
  • Between 1861-5, the American Civil War was fought over the issue of Slavery
  • The north defeated the south, and slavery was ended
  • Black Americans were still treated very unfairly

20th century

  • The USA prospered in the early twentieth century and became the World’s largest economy
  • In the early C20, America had an ‘open door’ policy and welcomed 40 million immigrants, mostly from Europe
  • America was fast emerging as a Great Power, alongside countries like Britain

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