November 1835 -- Texas Rebellion begins. -- March 1836 -- Mexican Troops storm and siege the Alamo. -- December 1845 -- Texas admitted into the Union . -- May 1846 -- President Polk receives word that Mexicans have ambushed two American companies and declares that the Mexican War has begun. -- February 1848 -- The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, ending the war and giving the United States new territories.
1. Background Information
2. Mark Twain
3. Controversy surrounding HuckFinn and censorship Concord Library banning-1885 NY Public Library-1905 219 times Twain did NOT intend for it to be misused by readers of his literature. Intended to show how blacks were viewed Less than human During this time this is how they were identified Spain, 1587 Censorship
4. Geography and Life on the River 1800 collision of various people and cultures Native Americans and early white settlers (fur traders, planters, French) created the norms for the region. Mississippi River valley was sold as a part of the Louisiana Purchase 1820 Land exhaustion in east forced people west and miss river valley seemed like a good place to settle Crowding caused a forceful removal of Native Americans from the land 1850 Lower Mississippi: slave country, wealth, power Northern Mississippi: no slave country, opportunity, respectability Confederates controlled the Mississippi river between 1816- 1863 Many slaves crossed river by way of underground railroad The first bridge built across the Mississippi River was in 1855 The first railroad bridge finished in 1856.
5. Time Line
6. Slave Laws, Slavery andAbolitionists
7. Small Pox Hospital used for quarantine, Pest House No treatment, Vaccinations available Contracted through direct contact with any infected material Eradicated (exception: bioterrorism) 16th century fear