Timeline of American Literature and Events Essay

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King James I granted the Virginia Company of London a charter to create an English settlement in North America in June 1606. Their goals were to find gold and determine a waterway which would take them to the Orient. The Virginia Company set foot on Jamestown on May 14, 1607 to form the Virginia English Colony. Approximately one third of the colonists survived the winter of the “Starving Time” in 1609, and fifteen years later in 1624, Virginia became a crown colony when the king dismissed the Virginia Company Charter due to the Algonquians attack which killed over 300 settlers. Jamestown only survived because of a last minute warning but burned down in 1698. Many colonists that survived celebrated May Day on May 1, 1628 with Thomas …show more content…
During a less religious time came the beginning of the Great Awakening, a religious revival movement, in 1734.

In the ten years following 1820, Monroe was re-elected president, slavery was not permitted north of the southern border of Missouri with congress dictating foreign slave trades as an “act of piracy,” the true story of the whaling ship Essex influenced the writing of Moby Dick, and the Republic of Liberia established a West African refuge for American slaves who have been set free. Despite efforts to help freed American slaves find refuge, African Americans were killed for uniting to lead a slave uprising in 1822. Later in 1825, Fanny Wright gave more efforts to abolish slavery and established the Nashoba in Tennessee where slaves could earn their freedom. Slavery was adamantly denounced by Abraham Lincoln who was elected president February 27, 1860; it was at this time he aggressively accused slavery stating the Federal government had “The power of restraining the extension of the constitution” (Campbell, 2007, para. 1). It was only one year later the Civil War began with the attack on Fort Sumter in South Carolina on the 12th of April. The Civil War ended April 8, 1865 with the surrender of the Confederate Army. The Confederates began with close to one million soldiers and lost two hundred sixty thousand as compared to the Union which lost three hundred sixty thousand soldiers out of two