American history: 1790 - 1861


 

The New Nation: 1790 - 1828

During this time, Americans established their government and two parties emerged - the Federalists and the Republicans ...

Washington, D.C. - America´s Federal City

George Washington, the first president of the USA, announced in 1791 where the new capital city would be built ...

Forming the New Nation

The Treaty of Paris had recognized the United States as an independent nation ...

Forming the New Nation - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The Constitution

The United States Constitution, written in 1787, established the country´s political system and is the basis for its laws ...

The United States Constitution (1787)

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union ...

Three branches of government

Within the national government, power is divided among three branches: the legislative, executive, and judicial branches ...

Federalism

The United States has a federalist system ...

The free enterprise system

The United States economy is based on the free enterprise system ...

Years of Growth

Years of Growth - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The reasons for slavery

Settlers in America wanted slaves ...

Life on the plantation

Throughout the southern part of North America large plantation farms were set up to grow tobacco, cotton or rice, most of it for sale to Europe ...

Working in the fields

Cotton was the most important crop grown in the southern states and made many farmers extremely wealthy ...

Life on the plantation - Working in the fields - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Baumwollplantagen - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Vocabulary 'Black Americans'

West to the Pacific

In 1800 the western boundary of the United States was the Mississippi River ...

West to the Pacific - PowerPoint-Präsentation

A Historic Journey

Lewis and Clark´s big adventure began 200 years ago (January 17, 2003)

Bis an den Rand der Neuen Welt

Noch zu Beginn des 19. Jahrhunderts können die weißen Pioniere im Osten über einen großen Teil Nordamerikas nur spekulieren ...

The Star-Spangled Banner (1814)

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ...

The Monroe Doctrine

In President James Monroe's message to Congress on December 2, 1823, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams delivered what we have always called the Monroe Doctrine ...

The Monroe Doctrine (1823)

At the proposal of the Russian Imperial Government, made through the minister of the Emperor residing here ...

Western Expansion & Reform: 1829 - 1860

Presidents Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and John Tyler, like many Americans of this time, embraced the notion of enlarging the "empire for liberty" ...

Moving west

As the towns and cities on the East Coast became more crowded, people naturally wanted to use the land that lay to the west ...

A covered wagon - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Buffalo and horse culture: the Plains Indians

Moving westwards from the Woodlands we arrive at the Great Plains ...

The Plains Indians: Quotations I

At the time of contact with whites, it is believed that the only non-farmers on the Great Plains were the Blackfoot in the North and the Comanche in the South ...

The Plains Indians: Quotations II

To many people, the Plains life-style represents the American Indian, the Indian of the eagle-feathered warbonnet, galloping across a movie screen after buffalo or enemies ...

The Plains Indians: Nomads, Warriors and Squaws

Horses turned the Plains Indians into nomads ...

The "Trail of Tears"

The best-known episode in Cherokee history was also the worst ...

Edgar Allan Poe

If you like horror stories that run shivers up and down your spine, try reading the work of Edgar Allan Poe ...

Edgar Allan Poe and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, USA ...

Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1844)

I met Monsieur Auguste Dupin while I was living in Paris during the spring and summer of 1839 ...

Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue: Introduction 1

The room was on the fourth floor, and the door was locked - with the key on the inside ...

Edgar Allan Poe: The Murders in the Rue Morgue: Introduction 2

There are many famous detectives in the world of books ...

Egar Allan Poe: The Raven (1845)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, ...

Edgar Allan Poe - PowerPoint-Präsentation

How did they get there?

In the year 1848 California had just become part of the United States of America ...

The Great Plains Destruction

It was 1851 ...

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick or, The Whale (1851)

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world ...

Herman Melville: Moby Dick (1851) - deutsch

So nennt mich denn Ismael. Es war vor einigen Jahren - wie lange es genau her ist, tut nichts zur Sache -, ich hatte so gut wie kein Geld mehr in der Tasche und nichts, was mich an Land besonders gefesselt hätte. Da kam mir der Gedanke, ein wenig zur See zu gehen und mir den nassen Teil der Erde anzuschauen ...

North and South

Southerners argued that slave labor should be allowed in Missouri and all the other lands that formed part of the Louisiana Purchase ...

North and South - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The South Before the Civil War

The South has a warm climate and a long growing season for crops ...

The South Before the Civil War - PowerPoint-Präsentation