Colonial American History Stories – 1770 – 1774 features an historical chronicle of the pre-revolutionary years of the United States. The time line presents a journal of events that led to the conflict between the British and their North American colonists. The events, some obscure and almost forgotten, played a role in the developing drama that eventually led to American independence.
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Colonial American History Stories – 1763 – 1769 contains dozens of history stories presented in a time line that begins in 1663 with the first issue of the Georgia Gazette and ends with George Washington’s petition for the land promised soldiers who fought in the French and Indian War. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many little known, forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured. These reader friendly stories include: April 19, 1763 – Teedyuscung, King of the Delaware, Murdered in His Home November 15, 1763 – Charles Mason And Jeremiah Dixon Begin Surveying Mason-Dixon Line May 30, 1765 – First U.S. Medical College Opens In Philadelphia October 1, 1765 – The State of British North America May 1, 1769 – Daniel Boone Begins Exploring Kentucky Softbound Price – $10.99 Buy Direct From Author
Colonial American History Stories – 1753 – 1763 contains almost 300 history stories presented in a timeline that begins in 1655 with the performance of the first documented play performed in British North America and ends with the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1752. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many little known, forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured. These reader friendly stories include: March 10, 1753- Liberty Bell Hung April 9, 1754 – Slave Girl Priscilla Begins Her Horrible Journey April 12, 1755 – Ben Franklin Receives Letter Describing Death by Tapeworm November 01, 1756 – Samuel Adams Elected Tax Collector June 28, 1762 – First Reported Counterfeiting Attempt at Boston
Colonial American History Stories – 1665 – 1753 contains almost 300 history stories presented in a timeline that begins in 1655 with the performance of the first documented play performed in British North America and ends with the switch from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1752. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many little known, forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured. These reader friendly stories include: September 27, 1540 – Society of Jesus (Jesuits) Founded By Ignatius Loyola December 19, 1675 – The Great Swamp Fight September 19, 1676 – Bacon’s Rebellion – Bacon Burns Jamestown April 18, 1689 – 1689 Boston Revolt February 29, 1692 – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba Accused Of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts May 22, 1718 – Edward Teach – Blackbeard – Begins Blockade of Charlestown. November 02, 1734 – Daniel Boone Born December 08, 1741 – Vitus Bering Died December 23, 1750 – Ben Franklin Attempts to Electrocute a Turkey December 31, 1752 – Julian/Gregorian Calendar Switch Complete
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Colonial American History Stories – 1215 – 1664 Colonial American History Stories – 1215 – 1664 contains almost 300 history stories presented in a timeline that begins in 1215 with the signing of the Magna Carta to the printing of the first Bible in Colonial America in 1664. The historical events include both famous ones as well as many forgotten stories that the mists time have obscured. These reader friendly stories include: June 15, 1215 – King John I signs Magna Carta at Runnymede England October 19, 1469 – Ferdinand and Isabella Marry, Uniting Aragon and Castile August 3, 1492 – Christopher Columbus Sets Sail On His First Voyage July 22, 1587 – Lost Colony Established June 14, 1623 – First Breach-Of-Promise Lawsuit In Colonies August 29, 1619 ? – First Blacks Land at Jamestown Virginia
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Thomas MacDonald The son of John and Sarah Elizabeth Harris MacDonald was native to Leadville, Colorado. During his childhood he received his education at elementary and high school at public schools in Montezuma, Iowa after his family moved to Iowa. His father owned lumber and grain dealerships, which required transportation of grain and lumber on horse drawn wooden wagons. The poor state of the roads, which were impassable for much of the year, disgusted him. He attended college Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts. He studied road building and became involved in the Good Roads movement after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1904. He married he married Elizabeth Dunham in 1907. The couple would have two children. He received appointment as the Assistant in Charge of Good Roads Investigation in Iowa that year. He became Iowa’s head civil engineer in 1913 and played an instrumental role in the passage of the Federal Aid Road Act of 1916. Congress appointed him as the head of the Bureau of Public Roads on July 1, 1919. He would remain at the head of the bureau until his retirement in 1953. During his tenure he was the chief architect of the highway system in the United States. The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921 was his innovation. He supervised the construction of 3.5 million miles of highways and helped lay the foundation for Eisenhower’s U.S. Interstate Highway System
Sample Chapter Short History of Roads and Highways Charles Brady King (February 2, 1868 – June 22, 1957) The son of John Haskell and Matilda C. Davenport King, Charles was native to Angel Island, California. His father had served as a general during the American Civil War. When John retired from the Army in 1882, the family moved to Detroit, where Matilda’s family lived. King attended Trinity College in Port Hope, Ontario for two years, after which he enrolled in the Cascadilla School in Ithaca, New York. In 1887 he entered Cornell University until his father passed away in 1888. After his father’s death, he returned to Detroit. He took a job at a railroad car manufacturing company, the Michigan Car Company. He attended the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 to exhibit the pneumatic hammer and brake beam that he had invented for use on railroad cars. During the exhibition, he saw a horseless carriage built by Gottlieb Daimler. He was inspired to build his own horseless carriage. First Car in Detroit In his spare time, King designed and built what many think is the first car in Detroit. King spent the next few years building the car and tested it in private from 1895 until he officially unveiled it on March 6, 1896. It was during this time that he helped organize the first automobile club in the United States, the American Motor League. He drove the car in a circuit around downtown Detroit, which many feel was the first horseless carriage in Detroit and possibly the state of Michigan. Joined Early Automobile Companies King joined the Olds Motor Works sometime around 1900, but only stayed there for a short time. He next joined the Northern Manufacturing Company, where he designed many of the cars manufactured by that company. He started his own automobile company, the King Motor Car Company, in 1910. Always the innovator, King designed the first American car with left hand steering and the first practical V-8 engine. He left the company in 1912. Other Endeavors In addition to being an innovative automobile designer and manufacturer, King was also a poet, architect, painter, musician and yachtsman. He founded the forerunner of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, Michigan, an organization called the Automobile Old Timers in 1939. Henry Ford, who had witnessed King’s first ride in 1896, received help from King when he built his first horseless carriage. He also mentored Ransom E. Olds and other early automobile manufacturers. He helped design and build a yacht, the Lady Frances, which featured many new innovations. His other inventions included jackhammer, the lubricated pulley system, and the car steering gear.
Short History of Roads and Highways Description: From the first rude ridge ways to the modern interstate superhighway, the evolution of the road is a fascinating story. Readers will learn the progression of roads from the first ridge ways, roads in the ancient world, Roman roads and the development of the revolutionary McAdam Road. Native Americans developed an extensive system of trails for both trade and war. The pioneers used parts of these trails to forge the first traces that penetrated the interior of the developing United States. Readers can also follow the progression of the United States highway system from the first named highways to the modern interstate system first established in the late 1950’s. Visit Mossy Feet Books on Facebook
Other Books in the Series:Short History of Libraries, Printing and Language Short History of Fire Fighting Short History of Roads and Highways Short History of Railroads Short History of the Discoverers Short History of Gardening and Agriculture Short History of Public Parks Short History of Political Parties A Short History of Traditional Crafts Table of Contents Introduction Evolution of Road Building Materials Historic Roads Native Roads and Wildlife roads in North America Old Pioneer Roads Post Road from Madison Portland, Maine, to Savannah, Georgia The 1807 Gallatin Plan The Bonus Bill – 1817 The American System 1820 Maysville Turnpike Act of 1827 Panic of 1837 Named Highways Good Roads Movement Office of Road Inquiry American Motor League The Horseless Age American Automobile Association Office of Public Roads Questions Over Constitutionality of Federal Road Construction American Association of State Highway Officials Federal Aid Road Act of 1916 1919 Military Caravan Federal Aid Highway Act of 1921 Pershing Map Uniform Signage Introduced United States Highway Numbering System Approved Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1938 German Autobahns Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944 Federal-aid Highway Act of 1956 Classifications of Roads
Sample Chapter Short History of Railroads Railway switch patented by Charles Fox 1832 – Railway switch patented by Charles Fox Before the railway switch, railroads used a device called wagon turnplates or a sliding rail. Sliding Rail This device resembled the modern turntable used to turn locomotives around or move them to different tracks in a train yard. In the sliding rail, the track was mounted to a circular wheel that rotated around the center of the device. The wheel’s diameter was governed by the length of the wagon used on the railroad, or tramway. To switch the device, the horses pulled the wagon onto the turnplate and unhitched. A tramway employee then had to rotate the turnplate so the rails matched that of the track he wanted to switch it to. Then the horses were hitched and the wagon could move along the new route. This was a cumbersome process that limited wagon size to that of the diameter of the turnplate and limited the weight on the wagon. Mr. Fox’s invention changed this. The Rail Switch The rail switch, or railway points, employed a set of linked, tapering rails that are synchronized in movement. These moving rails can be moved into one of two positions, one that allows the train to go straight or another position that turns the train onto a divergent set of rails. In the days before electrically powered switches, a railroad employee still had to manually operate the switch; however the train remained moving as it crossed the switch. The rail switch could accommodate any length of locomotive or rolling stock. As railroads switched over from horse drawn wagons to steam driven locomotives the rail switch proved a much more versatile mechanism for switching engines. The turnplate survives, with many improvements, as a means of moving locomotives around in a train yard or turning an engine around.
Sample Chapter Short History of the Railroad Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Two states, New York and Pennsylvania passed laws in 1823 and 1826 authorizing the construction of a canal, primarily to transport anthracite coal from the Wurts’ mine in Pennsylvania from the Delaware to the Hudson River. Canal officials broke ground on July 13, 1825. The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company opened for business in October 1828. The Pennsylvania assembly authorized the construction of a gravity railroad, owned by the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company to transport the coal from the mine to the canal. Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad The Pennsylvania assembly authorized the construction of the April 8, 1826 on April 8, 1826. The railroad company tried the first steam locomotive to run in the United States, the Sourbridge Lion, on August 8, 1829. The name derived from the lion’s face that adorned the front of the locomotive. The Foster, Rastrick and Company of Sourbridge, England manufactured the locomotive earlier in the year. The company had transported the locomotive in parts from Liverpool to New York on the ship John Jay. It arrived sometime in June or July and was taken to West Point Foundry in New York where workers assembled it. They tested it at the foundry, igniting the curiosity of nearby people. After transporting the locomotive to Honesdale, Pennsylvania, company officials prepared it for its first demonstration run. The company had specified that the locomotive weigh no more than four tons, as they had constructed wooden tracks with iron strips fastened to them. The locomotive actually weighed in at over seven tons. The engine operated admirably doing its three mile test run on August 8 1829. However, it was far too heavy for the rails and was never used. Workers used the locomotive for parts. The Smithsonian Institute acquired the boiler and a few other parts, which was all that was left, and has it on display in Washington DC.