Turning Points in American History, A Teaching American History Grant

Beginning in 2009, Florida Virtual School teachers explore watershed events in American history. The Turning Points grant is a professional ...

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  • European/Native American encounter

    1564 ~ Depiction of the 1564 Florida meeting between French Huguenots and Indians. The French were killed a year later by Spanish settlers of St. Augustine.

  • British surrender at Yorktown

    1781 ~ British General Cornwallis surrenders his troops in Yorktown, Virginia to George Washington. The thirteen colonies had defeated the world’s largest empire.

  • The Battle of Antietam

    1862 ~ Abraham Lincoln meets with Union General McClellan after the pivotal Civil War battle that emboldened Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders

    1898 ~ The charge up an obscure Cuban hill during the Spanish-American War became a turning point in Theodore Roosevelt's political career.

  • Child Labor

    1910 ~ During the Progressive Era, photographs like this one of Addie Card, a 10 year old girl working in a cotton mill, mobilized society to reform labor laws.

  • Women’s Suffrage Parade

    1912 ~ Women march in New York City to win their right to vote, May 6, 1912. After a 70 year struggle, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed in 1920.

  • Migrant Mother

    1936 ~ Iconic photograph of a destitute migrant mother of seven children represents the desperation felt by many people during the Great Depression.

  • Civil Rights Movement

    1965 ~ Civil Rights Movement protesters march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to achieve voting rights for African Americans in 1965.