The New Nation
The battle of the Alamo lasted 13 days
The first California-bound wagon train left from Missouri
Held in Seneca Falls, New York, this was the first women’s rights convention in the United States and launched the women’s suffrage movement
An incredibly controversial Act, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 required that all escaped slaves be returned to their masters upon capture and that all citizens had to cooperate in their return
The raid at Harpers Ferry was an ultimately unsuccessful slave revolt seen by many as a preview of what was to come in the Civil War
Considered one of the most important battles of the Civil War, Union forces winning this battle represented a turning point in the war.
With the passage of the 13th amendment, which ended slavery in the United States, the Civil War also came to an end after 4 years
The Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met in Promontory, Utah
Native American forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull defeated General Custer in southern Montana
Use the timeline above to explore the new nation and its emerging literary independence. Clicking the link under a writer’s picture will show you more about that writer, and buttons will help you explore the era. You can also scroll down the page to read about all the writers in this time period.
What defines the American Voice?
Finding a unique American literary voice took quite some time. Early writers were often heavily influenced by religion or a lack thereof. Several movements arose throughout the period until the Civil War, when American voices finally began to shine.
Click the buttons below for more information about different aspects of the new nation as it found literary independence.