As the next historical presidential election upon us, it only seems fitting that we remember the grated moments of American history. We’ve listened the ten most memorable Moments of the American History.
Barack Obama Elected President in 2008
As one of the most symbolic moments in America’s history, the racial barrier was overthrown with the election of President Barack Obama. This is a huge milestone for the U.S. as no more than 150 years ago. African Americans were held as possession of another man’s property. While there is still a long road ahead of racism, this event in itself is truly a milestone for America.
Neil Armstrong Walks On the Moon in 1969
When the Apollo 11 first reached the moon, it was Neil Armstrong also became the first astronaut to walk on the moon. According to Armstrong, it was “one step for man and one giant move for humanity.”
The Civil Rights Act in 1964
With the hard work of Martin Luther King, the bill was simple, yet so powerful. The text said “No person in America shall on the grounds of color, race, or national origin, be excluded from participation nor denied the benefits or be subjected to discrimination under any activity or program receiving federal assistance.
Within days, segregation becomes illegal. While discrimination didn’t exactly die, it was progressing towards a better nation. The bill also sparked the avocations for women’s rights.
The Marshall Plan in 1947
George Marshall, the Secretary of State, designed a program to promote European production and allow trade after the disastrous effects of the Second World War. The goal was to help Europe recover and fight again the Communist threat from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. This helped Marshall establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He later received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953.
Women’s Suffrage in 1920
Through years of devotion, women gained the right to vote due to Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Standton who traveled to London as delegates to the World Anti-Slavery Convention and were denied to speak. After the incident, they were determined to fight for women’s equal rights.
Emancipation Proclamation in 1863
President Abraham Lincoln believed in the preservation of the union. While this did not free slavery in general, it freed slaves that were in rebellion. The Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves in states that were conquered or loyal to the Union. The change lead to the 13th Amendment in 1865 as nearly 4 million slaves was freed.
Arrival of Lewis and Clark in 1805
While the pair was not the first settlers of Europe, the natives were accustomed to trading with white men in the Pacific Ocean. They sought out the Northwest Passage that did not exist and eventually lead them to the seas with cataracts and huge rapids – making travel nearly impossible for their time. However, Lewis and Clark managed to collect plant specimens, study various species of animals and gain more knowledge of the US geography and inhabitants that would later become the United States.
The Louisiana Purchase in 1803
In 1801, Span had gained territory in a secret compact with France. This made President Thomas Jefferson try to convince Napoleon to sell as he was facing a war with Great Britain and realized the unlikelihood of being able to defend his territory. He decided to sell for nearly $15 million.
The Ratification of the Constitution in 1789
With the draft of the Constitution, every state delegate was elected to attend a convention and decide to ratify the plan. Nearly five ratifications quickly approved as ultimately led to the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. The Final acceptance took place in July of 1788.
The Declaration of Independence in 1776
With only eight of thirteen colonies in favor of America’s independence, the American Prohibitory Act made all trade from colonies forfeit the Crown. This made King George consider this act as a rebellion as he had trouble finding German mercenaries to fight against the colonies. Eventually, all thirteen colonies signed the Declaration on July 4th, 1776.
You may have noticed the reverse chronological order of our list. Why you may ask? Without the Declaration of Independence, the proceeding moments may not have ever happened in the United States. Therefore, making it number one.