1890s

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    March 25, 1894

    Coxey’s army, led by Ohio businessman Jacob Coxey, marches their first march on Washington protesting unemployment rates and the economic depression that had been occurring for about 1.5 years. The march consisted of 100 men and was the first major march on Washington in recorded American history.

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    Jacob Coxey

    May 11, 1894

    Pullman Strike starts in Pullman, Illinois when about 4,000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company began a strike in response to wage cuts.

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    Capital Stock Certificate

    December 25, 1895

    Lee Sheltona, a black carriage driver and pimp, convicted of murdering William "Billy" Lyons on Christmas night, 1895 in St. Louis, Missouri. The crime was immortalized in a popular song

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    January 4, 1896

    Utah admitted to the Union as the 45th state.

     

    19 January 1896

    First use of X-rays to treat breast cancer.

     

    May 18, 1896

    Plessy vs Ferguson declared “separate but equal” to be constitutional giving fire unto the Jim Crow laws.

     

    March 4, 1897

    William McKinley elected into office as the 25th president of the United States.

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    President William McKinley

    February 9, 1898

    The De Lôme Letter published in William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal. This stolen, private letter from Enrique Dupuy de Lôme, the SpanishMinister with the Portfolioof Cuba insulted President William McKinley reffering to him as “weak and catering to the rabble and, besides, a low politician who desires to leave a door open to himself and to stand well with the jingos of his party”

     

    February 15, 1898

    USS Maineexplosion on board in Havana Harbor, Cuba due to detonation of on board explosives. The blame was originally placed on the Spanish and due to exaggerations by yellow journalism the US was put on the brink of war with Spain foreshadowing the Spanish-American war.

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    USS Maine stern view

    April 20, 1898

    Teller amdendment enacted in reponse to the start of the Spanish-American War. It stated that the US could not interfere in Cuba and after the Spanish were defeated, Cuba would be self-governed. This was later replaced by the Platt Amendment.

     

    December 10, 1898

    Treaty of Paris of 1898 signed ending the Spanish-American War.

     

    June 2, 1899

    The Philippines declare war on the United States initiating the Philippine–American War

     

     

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