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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
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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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  • 1800-1813 (#101)

    Volume 1: 1800-1813 1800 – Washington DC Becomes The Nation’s Capital 1803 – The Louisiana Purchase 1804 – Lewis And Clark Expedition 1807 – Robert Fulton Awakens The World To The Steamboat 1811 – Battle Of Tippicanoe 1811 – New Madrid Earthquake [25 minutes]

  • 1814-1826 (#102)

    Volume 2: 1814-1826 1814 – Washington DC Is Captured And Burned By The British 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Is Written 1815 – Battle Of New Orleans 1819 – Washington Irving Publishes “Rip Van Winkle” 1821 – Inauguration Of The Santa Fe Trail 1825 – Erie Canal Is Completed 1826 – James Fenimore Cooper Publishes “Last Of The Mohicans” [24 minutes]

  • 1827-1846 (#103)

    Volume 3: 1827-1846 1831 – Cyrus McCormick Demonstrates His Mechanical Reaper 1831 – Nat Turner Begins His Rebellion 1832 – Black Hawk War Ends With Massacre At Bad Axe River 1836 – Alamo Falls 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe Publishes “The Raven” 1846 – The Donner Party Starts West 1846 – United States Declares War On Mexico [25 minutes]

  • 1861-1865 (#105)

    Volume 5: 1861-1865 1861 – Eleven States Comprise The Confederacy 1862 – Congress Sets Forth The Homestead Act 1863 – Lincoln Signs Emancipation Proclamation 1863 – Lincoln Delivers His Gettysburg Address 1865 – Lee Surrenders At Appomattox 1865 – Abraham Lincoln Is Assassinated 1865 – Formation Of The Ku Klux Klan [24 minutes]

  • 1866-1870 (#106)

    Volume 6: 1866-1870 1867 – Carpetbaggers Descend On The South 1867 – U.S. Acquires Alaska… Seward’s Folly 1868 – President Johnson Is Impeached 1869 – Completion Of The Trans Continental Railroad 1870 – Rockefeller Incorporates Standard Oil Co. Of Ohio [23 minutes]

  • 1871-1881 (#107)

    Volume 7: 1871-1881 1871 – Chicago Fire 1872 – Susan B. Anthony Is Arrested For Voting 1875 – Robert Smalls, Former Slave, Elected To The House 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell Demonstrates The Telephone 1876 – Battle Of Little Big Horn 1879 – Thomas Edison Demonstrates The Incandescent Lamp 1880 – George Eastman Patents Kodak Roll Film 1881 – Booker T. Washington Opens Tuskegee Institute [23 minutes]

  • 1882-1898 (#108)

    Volume 8: 1882-1898 1881 – Clara Barton Organizes The American Red Cross 1882 – Chinese Exclusion Act Passed By Congress 1885 – Mark Twain Publishes “The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn” 1889 – Oklahoma Land Rush Begins 1890 – Battle At Wounded Knee 1893 – First Gas Powered Automobile Is Demonstrated 1896 – Plessy Vs Ferguson Case Upholds Segregation 1898 – Sinking Of The Maine [24 minutes]

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