Over the past month, I have been working on creating a blank timeline for American history to be used as a study tool. In order to fill out this timeline, I decided to compile a list of the most significant events in American history. To go along with the categories in the timeline, these events are grouped into the following topics: politics, economics, judicial system, conflicts, achievements, and important events. I’m hoping to post the blank timeline soon, but for now, enjoy this free, printable, color-coded list of the most important events in American history.
Although I did spend an entire year on American History with my oldest child when he was very young, I’m not sure I’ll repeat this strategy with my younger kids. In her book, The Well-Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer talks about treating history as a four year cycle: Ancients, Middle Ages, Early Modern, and Modern history. Over the course of a 12 year education, the cycle gets repeated 3 times, going more in depth each time.
While I don’t consider myself a “classical” homeschooler by any stretch of the imagination, my oldest, who is currently in fourth grade is completing his first cycle with Story of the World: Vol. 4 – Modern History as recommended by Ms. Bauer. In the near future at least, I plan to continue this cycle. I am excited to start Ancient History again next year, because I know my younger kids who missed it the first time around are really going to enjoy it.
I don’t think that our family will ever have a year completely dedicated to American history again. However, the history of our nation is something that is important and that I want my kids to be knowledgeable about. The list of events that I created and the corresponding timeline are more helpful for me than for my kids. They help me to organize information in my own mind. As we learn about world history, we will continue to learn about American history simultaneously, and I will continue to both refer back to my timeline and list of events add to them as my knowledge grows.
If you would like your own list to refer to while you educate your children or to give your children as a study tool, below you will find a list of more than 200 important events in United States history to get you started!
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