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19th Century Turning Points In U.S. History

1846-1860 (#104)

Volume 4: 1846-1860
1846 – Dr. Morton Demonstrates Painless Surgery Using Ether
1848 – Gold Is Discovered At Sutter’s Mill
1849 – Treaty Between U.S. And Hawaiian Islands
1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe Publishes “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”
1854 – Commodore Perry Lands In Japan
1858 – Lincoln Douglas Debates Begin
1860 – Pony Express Mail Service Begins
[24 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: America entered the 19th century as an agricultural nation of 16 states and 5.3 million people. By the end of the century, the nation was an industrial power of 45 states and 76 million people. This series highlights significant historical events, scientific milestones and cultural achievements of this period.

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