Civil War & Reconstruction (1860-1877)

Significance 1861 Trent Affair

The Significance of the 1861 Trent Affair

A unique aspect of the American Civil War was that there was very little foreign intervention in the conflict. However, the historical significance of Trent Affair of 1861 was that the event nearly brought Great Britain into the conflict. In the leadup to the American Civil War the southern states seceded from the Union, forming …

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Significance 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie

The Significance of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie

The history of the United States is littered with broken treaties between the federal government and Native American nations. The significance of the 1868 Treaty of Fort Laramie is one that would have lasting impacts on the future of the Great Plains and Sioux nation. As the 19th century progressed the Native American nations of …

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Outcome President Andrew Johnson's Impeachment

President Johnson’s 1868 Impeachment (Outcome + Aftermath)

The bloody American Civil War ended in 1865 with the surrender of the rebellious southern states. Divisions over Reconstruction policy eventually led to President Johnson’s impeachment, the outcome of which nearly saw him removed from office. The beginning of Reconstruction was overseen by the 17th President of the United States, Andrew Johnson.  Johnson favored a …

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Significance Battle of Vicksburg

The Monumental Battle of Vicksburg (Significance + Importance)

The Western Theatre of the American Civil War is one that is often overshadowed by the Eastern Theatre with the Armies of the Potomac and Virginia. Despite this the Western Theatre featured several major operations including the Battle of Vicksburg which proved to be of utmost significance in the overall war effort. In the early …

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Why Russia sell Alaska to United States Seward's Folly

Why Did Russia Sell Alaska to the US? (Seward’s Folly)

The United States’ purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire, or “Seward’s Folly” as it is known, was a pivotal moment in US history. Just why did Russia sell Alaska to the United States in the first place? The United States was just emerging from the ashes of the bloody Civil War and engaged in …

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