American history: 1865 - 1914


 

Reconstruction: 1866 - 1877

After the North defeated the South in the Civil War, politicians faced the task of putting the divided country back together ...

Reconstruction

On the night of April 13, 1865, crowds of people moved through the brightly lit streets of Washington to celebrate Lee's surrender at Appomattox ...

Reconstruction - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Reconstruction - Sharecroppers

Reconstruction is the name given to the period of American history after the Civil War ...

The Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan was a white underground terrorist group ...

Miners, Railroads and Cattlemen

In March 1848, a group of workmen was building a sawmill beside a stream in California for a landowner named John Sutter ...

Miners, Railroads and Cattlemen - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The tallgrass prairie

A prairie is not, as you may think, any old piece of flatland in the Midwest ...

Farming the Great Plains

In 1862 Union and Confederate armies were fighting some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War ...

Farming the Great Plains - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Frank Lloyd Wright

Some people do their most creative work late in life ...

The Amerindians' Last Stand

What happened to the Amerindians as white people spread across the plains and mountains of the American West? ...

The Amerindians' Last Stand - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Little Big Horn

In an 1868 treaty, the U.S. government said the Black Hills area belonged to the Indians ...

Thomas Edison

Americans have always been proud of their ability to find practical solutions to practical problems ...

Thomas Edison - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Joseph Glidden's barbed wire

In 1874 an Illinois farmer named Joseph Glidden patented an invention ...

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Clemens. He was born in Florida, a town in Missouri, USA, in 1835 ...

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) - Stage 1

"Tom! Tom! Where are you?" No answer ...

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876)

"TOM!" - No answer. - "TOM!" - No answer. - "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!"

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Introduction 1

Tom Sawyer does not like school ...

Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Introduction 2

Tom Sawyer likes adventures ...

The First Telephone Call

What were the first words ever spoken on the telephone? ...

Gilded Age: 1878 - 1889

The growth of industry and a wave of immigrants marked this period in American history ...

Inventors and Industries

In 1876 President Ulysses S. Grant traveled to Philadelphia to open a special exhibition ...

Inventors and Industries - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Räuberbarone

Eisenbahnen, Öl, Stahl: Nach dem Ende des Bürgerkriegs kommt es in den USA zu einem Wirtschaftswunder und zum Aufstieg rücksichtsloser Industrieller, die sich Imperien und Monopole zusammenraffen ...

Henry James: The Protrait of a Lady (1881)

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea ...

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) - Stage 2

You don't know about me if you haven't read a book called The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ...

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)

You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ...

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction 1

"I never had a home," writes Huck, "or went to school like all the other boys" ...

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Introduction 2

Who wants to live in a house, wear clean clothes, be good, and go to school every day? ...

Mark Twain: Die Abenteuer des Huckleberry Finn (1884) - deutsch

Von mir hat noch keiner etwas gehört - wenn er nicht ein Buch gelesen hat, das "Die Abenteuer des Tom Sawyer" heißt ...

High as the sky

Chicago has been building skyscrapers since the world's first was completed there in 1885 ...

Progressive Era: 1890 - 1913

In the 1890s, the belief that Americans should avoid getting involved with other countries was slowly fading ...

The Ghost Dance and Wounded Knee

In the 1880s, an Indian named Wovoka claimed he had a revelation from the Great Spirit ...

The Golden Door

On a small island in New York harbor stands a giant statue of a robed woman ...

The Golden Door - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The Story of Chewing-Gum

People have enjoyed chewing-gum from very early times ...

Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

In 1896 the Supreme Court announced its decision in a case called Plessy v. Ferguson ...

Reformers and Progressives

By 1900 the United States was the richest and most productive industrial country in the world ...

Reformers and Progressives - PowerPoint-Präsentation

An American Empire

On January 25, 1898, one of the most modern ships in the United States' navy steamed into the harbor of Havana, Cuba ...

An American Empire - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Dollar Diplomacy

In economic and business affairs the United States has long been strongly internationalist ...

Jack London: The Call of the Wild (1903)

Buck was a very happy dog. For four years he lived at Judge Miller's house in warm southern California ...

Jack London: The Call of the Wild and Other Stories: Introduction

In the North it is so cold in winter that everything is covered with ice and snow ...

A Century in the Sky

The Wright flights in 1903 changed the world

"I took Panama"

In the early 1900s the American government wanted to build a canal across the Isthmus of Panama ...

"I took Panama" - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Motor City

Detroit, the birthplace of mass production, is synonymous with the word "automobile" and still produces nearly 25% of America's cars ...

Frank Lloyd Wright: Robie House, Chicago, 1909 - PowerPoint-Präsentation