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Directory of American History from 10,000 BC to the Present

Updated on March 30, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has 30 years of success in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

The North American Continent, 10,000 BC

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Representative Democracy began on the North American Continent with the Iroquois Confederation many centuries ago, not with the United States of America in the 18th century.

America is, in fact, too young a country to have invented democracy, which began in Greece 1000s of years ago and may have been present in other groups and communities even before that time.

While some may say, "America began on July 4th 1776", the land was inhabited with Indigenous Peoples dating back at least ten or twelve thousands years. Even a percentage of Bible scholars today feel that the Earth is over 6,000 years old and more likely 10-12 thousand years old. We have evidence of even earlier Indigenous Peoples in North America, but specific dates of their commnuties vary according to the researcher discussing them.

What we do know, is that the history of the land called America did not suddenly appear between 1500 - 1776. It should be traced back past the making of the first map of the New World (see the last entry below in this piece) and back through the Indigenous Peoples. That is the foundation upon which American History stands.

One might joke that since the Native Americans are descendants of Asian Peoples, particularly Northern Asians, then the History of America began in China. This is ironic in the early 21st century as America was borrowing large sums of money from China during a recession in 2008 to bail out its banking system in a subprime mortgage crisis. It would seem that American History traveled from China to China in a circle.


This is a history fo the USA/America in reverse order from current events back through time to the making of the first map of the Western World and further back to the Indigenous Peoples that came to North America from around the Subarctic lands around the northern globe around 10,000-12,000 years previously. Other "tribes" may have been present here previous to that, but their history is less clear.

The original Hub on American history was written to fulfill a request from the Hubber known as Prince Maak, asking What is the history of USA?

2009 - 2016: A New Nation and Massive Change

At the election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency in November of 2008, some said it was the answer to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream, while others declared it was the beginning of a nightmare in which America would become at least a socialist and possibly a communist nation.

No matter the opinion, Mr. Obama was better prepared for and more involved in the planning of his move into Presidential responsibilities than any previous President Elect. People on both sides pointed at his organizing skills in awe. Under his proclaimed hope of Yes We Can, he began to shape a New Nation once again.

Inauguration 2009 - Change For Our Hope

2001 - 2008: "To Hell in a Hand Basket", Some Said

The two terms of US President George W. Bush were controversial and turbulent years, beginning with assertions of rigged elections.

These years embroiled America in two wars: Afghanistan and Iraq and sink her deeper into issues associated with Big Oil, Global Warming, American Health Care, Wall Street, the Auto Industry, and various business scandals such as that of Enron and the reputation of Halliburton. 9/11 is a horror that was blamed on the Federal Administration by many. The disaster of Hurricane Katrina was blamed on them also, as well as on state and local officials.

There were big problems every year - they cannot all be listed here (click to see more). There were positives as well in the eyes of some, even though a few of them may seem negative to others; listed here: Accomplishments of President George W. Bush.

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) did some good, but was not as successful as hoped - it led to cheating at all levels and a responsibility dump on certain classroom teachers where a holistic approach was needed. The Sudan was crying out for help to stop the genocide in that nation and only the churches, doctors & nurses of the US went. The Middle East was still full of war and rumors of war -- A wall even went up. A wall began to rise on the boarder between the US and Mexico as well. It became difficult to cross the Canadian boarder. It became harder to get into the US anywhere for some, while the hunt for the terrorist Osama Bin Laden lasted for the entire 8 years.

At the end came the Banking Bailout by the Federal Government, and a call for a bailout of the Big 3 Auto Makers. Where were the economic and other problems to end? America was deep into recession by the 3rd Quarter of 2008, although a troops surge in Iraq seemed to have brought about some success by that point. The turmoil simply was unending. At least the gasoline prices finally came down from as high as over $4.50/gallon to under $2.00.

The US Electoral College and Election Reform

Hillary Clinton

Review of the GW Bush 2007 Tax Rebate

President George W. Bush (2001 - 2008)

Berlin Wall Demolition - 1989

1981 - 2000: And the Wall Came Down

President Bill Clinton (1993 - 2000) - The first Internet President and the first Baby Boom President. Controversial, but serving American history and society and the world in many ways during and after his two terms in office.

George H.W. Bush (1989 - 1992) - War: Desert Storm.

President Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1988) - If you have not seen the film Charlie Wilson's War, look over this Hub and then watch the movie. A covert mission in Afghanistan armed the fighters with major American weapons against the Soviet Union.

Apollo 13

Medal of Freedom ceremony with President Richard M. Nixon.
Medal of Freedom ceremony with President Richard M. Nixon.

1963 - 1980: To the Moon and Viet Nam

President Jimmy Carter (1977 - 1980)

President Gerald R. Ford (1974 - 1976) - Pardoning a President.

The Yom Kippur War - Henry Kissinger.

The Nixon Years: 1969 - 1974: Also see the film Frost - Nixon, with Frank Langella as Richard M. Nixon.

The Great Society 1963 - 1968

The Kennedy Brothers: John, Bobby, and Ted
The Kennedy Brothers: John, Bobby, and Ted

1950 - 1963: 13 Years, Fast and Furious

John F. Kennedy and the Marilyn Monroe Murders: Did LBJ arrange for the incident that made him President? Be sure to see the films 13 Days and Marilyn Monroe: Murder on Fifth Helena Drive (2014). The evidence at Dealey Plaza has been largely destroyed and most persons of interest are dead.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, WWII General


Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima
Mushroom cloud over Hiroshima

Bombing Hiroshima

Col. Tibbets, who lived in Columbus OH until his death in 2008.
Col. Tibbets, who lived in Columbus OH until his death in 2008.

The 20th Century: 1901 - 1949

In less than 50 years, America learned to fly and could have destroyed her own country and the world with the Atomic Bomb.

Hershey's Atomic Heroes

Hershey's Atomic Japan

Japanese and American Media in Propaganda

US History: World War II & Aftermath (1935 - 1949)

US History: The Great Depression: America and her Presidents from 1921 - 1935

A Teapot Full of Big Oil: One of America's first oil scandals before the Keystone XL Pipeline corruption.

US History in The 20th Century: 1901 - 1920

The White City - Chicago World's Fair, 1893

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The Chicago Exposition, 1893.The Midway of the World's Fair.
The Chicago Exposition, 1893.
The Chicago Exposition, 1893.
The Midway of the World's Fair.
The Midway of the World's Fair.

America from 1799 - 1900

Frank's White City - Chicago and the architesture of Frank Lloyd Wright in America.

The Imperial White City - Chicago, 1893 - World's Fair: The Chicago Exposition.

US History: 1851 - 1900

Italian Immigration to America - 1850s

US History - The New Nation: 1799 - 1850

Presidential Legacies

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George Washington, the New Nation's first President.Abraham Lincoln, 16th president.President Barack Obama, 44th President, hoped to make America a New Nation again.
George Washington, the New Nation's first President.
George Washington, the New Nation's first President.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president.
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president.
President Barack Obama, 44th President, hoped to make America a New Nation again.
President Barack Obama, 44th President, hoped to make America a New Nation again.

The Beginnings of American Civilizations

What is the History of USA? -- Introduction -- This article discusses the discovery of North America, the mapping of the continent before the time of Christopher Columbus, and other facts often not found in the classroom.

There Were No Pilgrims or Pie at the 1621 Thanksgiving -- The idea of Pilgrims in black and white clothing was a marketing idea conceived in 1840 by one creative woman and it worked.

Pie Nation and the Uninvited Guests -- America is Apple Pie by symbol, but Thanksgiving in 1621 was very interesting. The pumpkin pudding was good!

US History - The 13 Colonies

US History - The American Revolution

US History - Foundation Documents and Flags

An Odd History of the 4th of July! - Lesser known facts about Independence Day.

Original Americans

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The First Americans

These pages examine the presence of the first peoples to enter the North and South American Continents, along with Central America and Mexico. Within them are links to specific areas of the Western Hemisphere, including specific countries and US States. These pages include some of the later migrations of South Pacific Peoples into the new nations as well.

Introduction to Native North Americans

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS


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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for the nice comments and for reading the links.

      Fay Paxton - I actually have a few more links to add, but I think we have a good outline for students and other interested people! Thanks for reading and posting.

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      Fay Paxton 

      8 years ago

      Patty, I think I've been on your hub for an hour! What a wealth of information. Thank you for taking the time to research and present this great article.

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      9 years ago

      This is a nice hub! very informative and very interesting. you presented your blog very good. nicely done!

    • Green Lotus profile image


      10 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      So comprehensive and well presented. Great unbiased reporting Patty. Terrific stuff..a good read to start out my New Year!

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      10 years ago

      this is an amazing blog!

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      10 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I am delighted by the content of history of America and above all with fantasting photos. I admire such a presentation.

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      10 years ago

      Patty I too luv History. Thankyou this is Amazing.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for asking for the first request, Prince Maak. It was a pleasure to answer it and I think the pages have provided a lot of good reading material.

      The Best to you in 2009!

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      Prince Maak 

      11 years ago from Just Above the EARTH and below the SKY

      Hi Patty,

      Excellent work , I really enjoyed reading this hub.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Hi DarleneMarie! - Thanks for commenting -- the link is working for me right now, so please try again, and I hope you find it interesting.


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      11 years ago from USA

      Nice work Patty...I really enjoyed this Hub. This link for The US Electoral College and Election Reform does not work...would like to follow that link.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      crazyhorsesghost - I am 3/8 Mohawk. Yes, religion was used to harm Native Americans and also the Aboriginal Peoples in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the rest of the area in and near the South Pacific. Much harm was done, but we can discuss it today and try to lift up Native Americans - in some cities I have reviewed, they are the Number One Employer in the metro area.

      William - Thanks for your comments - I enjoy looking at history from more than one angle and I hope this is engaging and useful as well. :)

      Sterling Sage - Thanks for visiting; it was fun to put together.

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      Sterling Sage 

      11 years ago from California

      What Shirley said. :+)

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      William F Torpey 

      11 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      I like your approach to USA history, Patty, and I, too, will come back to examine more of your links. Your photos are striking and marvelous. Thanks.

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      Thomas Byers 

      11 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Yes history is one of my favorites. Especially the history of my people who are the Native Americans. Their culture and history has been destroyed and people ignore the fact that the Bative American people were here long before the white man and to us Christopher Colombus was a terrorist. Are you aware of all the things that were done to the Native American people in the name of religion. Thanks Patty Inglish for this Hub Page. I hope it helps to open some peoples eyes to the truth.

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      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks for enjoying this Hub, Everyone, and for making nice comments! Happy reading, and I hope it can help with someone's homework, too.

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      Triplet Mom 

      11 years ago from West Coast

      Patty great hub! I enjoy history a great deal and I love how you put it together i a nice package. Thanks for sharing!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, Patty. Incredible hub. I love how your prolific writings can all be linked to form one kick-ass resource. Amazing and (of course - they always are) well done!

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      Rebecca Graf 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      I love the way you have organized this. I'm going to have to come back with a cup of tea and more time to explore all these links.

      Thank you from this history buff.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      This Hub will no doubt expand with BT hell-history chronicles of the shadow government. I shall provide appropriate links to same. :)

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      B.T. Evilpants 

      11 years ago from Hell, MI

      This explains a lot! Like how I wound up in this hand basket, and what my final destination is! Beautiful!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      I hope you find it interesting. Thanks for looking over the site and making a comment!

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      11 years ago from From Berkeley, California.

      Patty, I love history and oh how you have captured so much in one Hub. This is one to add to my bookmarks.


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