History is full of important events. An argument could be made that there is no unimportant event in history. Every single action impacts the future. But there are some that stand out in our minds or seem to have larger footprints than other events.
Here are 10 events that have left very large footprints in American history. They are not presented in any particular order. No one event is shown as more important than any of the others. These happen to be ten considered to be the most important events.
If the American Revolution created the country, it was the Civil War that was its painful teenage years. Through this very bloody conflict, the nation separated and then stitched itself back together. This wouldn’t be on the list if it wasn’t for the fact that the event still impacts American society today.
Many are demanding that references to Confederate leaders be removed from society. Racial tensions stem from the days of slavery. Too much of today’s America can be traced back to this conflict of brother and brother.
You might be surprised how much Lincoln’s untimely death impacted our nation. Not long before he was killed, the Civil War ended. The United States was whole again though it was still sufferring. A ton of healing was required which included how Confederate soldiers were to be treated and how former slaves were to be incorporated into a new world.
In December 1863, President Lincoln set out his plan for reconstruction. He presented a “general pardon and the terms of restoring a Southern state to the Union.” ( https://www.americanheritage.com/lincolns-plan-reconstruction).
Lincoln knew something had to be done with the former slaves. He thought sending them back to Africa was the correct move as they had been brought to America against their will. While it would have caused quite a few problems for the former slaves, Lincoln was focused on healing the nation and saw this as the best move. ( https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-lincoln-slavery-and-emancipation)
His death left the handling of both to Andrew Jackson. This was a man who wanted a more heavy hand and wasn’t against slavery as it had stood. He was not going to be gentle or helpful. Lincoln’s death changed how America was going to be put back together.
This is another event in American History people seem to forget about. In fact, most of the time it is glossed over in the history books. But this event doubled the size of the country — nearly 827,000 square miles of land.
The area purchased was “from The Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains, and Louisiana to Montana”. ( https://www.historynet.com/louisiana-purchase). Without this purchase from France, America would have been much smaller with over population causing way too many problems.
In 1910, McKinley became the third president be assassinated. It was his death in a second term that brought Teddy Roosevelt to the highest office in the United States.
The view of the office of President was different before Roosevelt took office. It was only through him that we see it as the most powerful position in America. I honestly cannot sum up his impact better than this excerpt:
“He made the President, rather than the political parties or Congress, the center of American politics.
Roosevelt did this through the force of his personality and through aggressive executive action. He thought that the President had the right to use any and all powers unless they were specifically denied to him…..
The desire to make society more fair and equitable, with economic possibilities for all Americans, lay behind much of Roosevelt’s program. The President also changed the government’s relationship to big business. Prior to his presidency, the government had generally given the titans of industry carte blanche to accomplish their goals. Roosevelt believed that the government had the right and the responsibility to regulate big business so that its actions did not negatively affect the general public….
Roosevelt also revolutionized foreign affairs, believing that the United States had a global responsibility and that a strong foreign policy served the country’s national interest. He became involved in Latin America with little hesitation: he oversaw the Panama Canal negotiations to advocate for U.S. interests and intervened in Venezuela and Santo Domingo to preserve stability in the region. He also worked with Congress to strengthen the U.S. Navy, which he believed would deter potential enemies from targeting the country, and he applied his energies to negotiating peace agreements, working to balance power throughout the world…..
The most popular President up to his time, Roosevelt used his enthusiasm to win votes, to shape issues, and to mold opinions. In the process, he changed the executive office forever. ( https://millercenter.org/president/roosevelt/impact-and-legacy)
Let me stress again that these are not listed in any particular order. These are not a special list that is set in stone. There are many other events that could be included here. List others you think are just as important. Have fun with discussing your own version of this list.
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