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First Barbary War

Also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, it pitted the United States against pirates from the nations known collectively as the Barbary States

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Painting depicting Stephen Decatur (bottom right) boarding a Tripolitan gunboat during battle in August, 1804

Early Leaders of the Progressive Era

These women, and others, were instrumental in the push for abolition and women’s rights in America.

1793–1880

Lucretia Mott

c. 1797–1883

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was a renowned champion for abolition, women’s rights, temperance, and prison reform during the 19th Century.

1815–1902

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Stanton and others organized the first national women’s right convention at Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.

1821–1912

Clara Barton

Known as the Angel of the Battlefield, humanitarian Clara Barton was the founder and first president of the American Red Cross, serving from 1881 to 1904.

Study Guides for the 2020 AP Exam

Get the study guides for history and U.S. politics from Amazon.com and get ready for your 2020 AP exams!

Welcome to American History Central

American History Central is an online digital encyclopedia. It has been developed as an educational resource for students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning more about the history of America.

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June–July 1863

Gettysburg Campaign

Fought during the summer of 1863, the Gettysburg Campaign culminated with the Union Army of the Potomac’s victory over the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3.

June 1863

Battle of Brandy Station

The Battle of Brandy Station, also known as the Battle of Fleetwood Hill, fought June 9, 1863, in Culpeper County, Virginia, was the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War.

July 1863

Battle of Gettysburg

Often referred to as the turning point in the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from July 1 to July 3, 1863.

July 1863

Battle of Manassas Gap

The Battle of Manassas, also known as the Battle of Wapping Heights, was fought on July 23, 1863, in Warren County, Virginia. It was the last engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign.

Civil War Features

1863–1864

Atlanta Campaign

July 1861

First Battle of Bull Run

Brigadier General Irvin McDowell commanded Union forces during the First Battle of Bull Run.

July 1863

Battle of Gettysburg

A decisive battle of the Civil War, in which the Army of Northern Virginia suffered a devastating loss that turned the tide of the Eastern Theater.

September 1862

Battle of Antietam

The first major battle fought on Northern soil and the single bloodiest day of battle in the Civil War.

Exploring the Founders from the Revolution to the Constitution

We have written biographies on many of the men and women who influenced the ideas and actions that lead to the Colonies declaring their independence from England in 1776 and culminated in the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. Some of our most popular articles are listed below.

Founder

George Washington

1732–1799

Founder

Benjamin Franklin

1706–1790

Founder

Thomas Jefferson

1743–1846

Founder

John Adams

1735–1846

Founder

Alexander Hamilton

1755–1804

Founder

John Jay

1745–1828

Founder

James Madison

1751–1836

Founder

John Marshall

1755–1835

American Revolution Features

April 1775

Battle of Lexington

June 1775

Battle of Bunker Hill

December 1776

Battle of Trenton

1777–1778

Winter at Valley Forge

Influential Thinkers

Selected biographies of people who influenced the ideals that swept through the Colonies and fueled the American Revolution.

First Lady

Abigail Adams

The letters and memoirs of Abigail Adams are important historical documents. She was the wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.

Signed the Declaration

Benjamin Rush

Rush was a prominent physician in Colonial America. He was a proponent of women’s rights and abolition of slavery. Rush signed the Declaration of Independence and served in the Continental Army.

Son of Liberty

Samuel Adams

1722–1803

Common Sense

Thomas Paine

1737–1809

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