Adams, Jefferson, and Jackson Pave the Way

Emily Maitland

This is my final/project for history class.

Top Ten List

10. The Indian Removal Act- There was a  plan called the Indian Removal Act to remove all Native American tribes  and put them into the frontier. It would all become the Indian Territory that was in the West. Some Natives even refused to give up their land.

9. California Gold Rush 1849- Everyone was emigrating to California for the gold that was found. Being there wasn't worth it because most people were killed by other people or diseases.

8. The Louisiana Purchase-Thomas Jefferson was alarmed by the French hoping to establish an empire in the U.S.  Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory for fifteen million dollars in 1803  and the French sold it to finance their war with Great Britain.

7. The XYZ Affair- John Adams wanted to avoid a French Scandal so he wrote about it instead using anonymous names. Three men, who Adams called X, Y, and Z, tried to bribe the French Government so American could have more power.

6. The Industrial Revolution- In New England, the  economy changed from agriculture to industry. There was a perfect part of New England meant for building factories.  It was easily powered.  It helped spur the revolution all over America.

5. The Alamo- Santa Anna was sent by the Mexican government to prevent Texas from breaking away from Mexico. The Mexican troops won the battle, but the delay caused by the Alamo's Texas defenders and the amount of causalities inflicted on the Mexicans allowed Texas time to raise an army that ultimately won the war.

4. Thomas Jefferson- He won the presidential election over John Adams by only one electoral vote. He believed that the government should be very weak.  He also believed that everyone should work for themselves and not rely on anyone else for support.

3. George Washington and John Adams- George Washington was the first President of the United States. While offered to continue as president after his term ended,  he refused to distinguish democracy from dictatorship. John Adams was the man that wrote about the XYZ affair and John Adams was also the second president of the United States. He also helped decide if the aliens (in the alien and sedition act) were a problem and that they then would be ostracized from America.

2. Manifest Destiny and The Oregon Trail- Manifest Destiny is the belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The Oregon Trail is this path almost all people to get to Oregon. This trail is very dangerous because you could get many diseases from people on the trail and there was a lot of labor because you went on a long trip, taking everything you have with you.

1. The War of 1812- This war was between Great Britain and the United States. The war was very gruesome and lasted over three years. The night it ended the man, Francis Scott Key, couldn't stay awake but when he awakened in the morning and saw the American flag still standing, it inspired him to create the star spangled banner.


1798 Alien and Sedition Acts- The Alien and Sedition act occurred to keep harmful non citizens away from America.

1803 The Louisiana Purchase- This spread across the Mississippi river all the way to France. The Louisiana territory was sold to the U.S .for 15 million dollars and this would cause an empire which wasn't very good for Thomas Jefferson.

1804 Lewis and Clark's Expedition- Their expedition went all around from the U.S., to Louisiana, and eventually to the Spanish Territory

1812 The War of 1812- Was fought between the United States and Great Britain to defend American citizens and sovereignty.  The British were seizing American sailors from ships at see and impressing them into British service.  This war inspired our national anthem, the star spangled banner, that lives through ages from the Americans winning this war.

1821 The Santa Fe Trail- Mexicans needed to settle down so the unmarked land of Santa Fe created the move from St. Louis to go along the Santa Fe Trail.

1830 The Indian Removal Act- This was created to keep all Natives away and put them in the Frontier.

1846 The Mormon Trail- This trail was very important to the pilgrams because they were all seeking freedom from religion.

1848 The Mexican-American War- This war was won by the Americans and was a strong fight that was very intense.

1849 California Gold Rush- Many Americans rushing to California in search for tiny pieces of gold worth only a small price.

1850 The Industrial Revolution- This began with the creation of the cotton gin and brought many inventions after.

Thomas Jefferson Biography

Thomas Jefferson is a democratic-republican he also was the third president of the United States. Being  democratic-republican means that you believe the government is very weak. He believes highly of education. People can't do their jobs correctly if they aren't properly educated. Jefferson had a lot to do with politics. He served as a secretary, a vice president (of president John Adams), served in the Virginia legislature, and eventually being president himself. Thomas Jefferson even wrote the Declaration of Independence. This made him worth knowing about and very important in the American figure. His life had a lot of meaning because things he did in the past created a well balanced life style now.

California Gold Rush
Newspaper Article

IMPORTANT CALIFORNIA NEWS!! The Gold Rush has more and more people flowing in for the search of gold. The gold is making California the place to be. Here are reasons why and why not this is good for people. It is great if you find gold, but you only get a little money, and the gold you find isn't that much. If you do find gold you get money which is great. Many people were involved in the Gold Rush so finding gold was really hard and you had to watch your back because people would try to kill you so they can have your gold. They don't care who you are if they're poor and you have gold they will kill you and it won't even bother them. Working near the gold so many people were there that diseases carried through and you could likely have it. So the Gold Rush, good or bad?

Obituary of John Adams

John Adams was born October 30th 1735 and had an amazing life. He was very busy during his life. When he was older he became the first president's, George Washington, Vice President then became the 2nd president of the United States. He served only one term in presidency. He graduated from Harvard and then went into the career of politics and law. He also helped make up the constitution. When he eventually got married it was to his third cousin Abigail Smith which then became Abigail Adams. Together they had six children but were rarely happy because Adams was away from home a lot. Their son, John Quincy Adams, became the 6th President of the United States and served one term. Later in 1826, John Adams died July 4th and it was a devastating event.

Apple Pie Recipe


1 package Betty Crocker™ pie crust mix

1/3 cup cold water

1/2 cup sugar (additional sugar if needed)

1/2 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

5 cups thinly sliced peeled apples

(3 large)1 tablespoon butter or margarine


  • Heat oven to 425°F. Make pie crust mix as directed for 9-Inch Two-Crust Pie, using 1/3 cup cold water--except trim overhanging edge of bottom pastry 1 inch from rim of plate.
  • Stir together 1/2 cup sugar, the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Add apples; toss. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter.
  • Roll remaining pastry; cut into 10 strips, each about 1/2 inch wide. Place 5 strips across filling in pie plate. Weave a cross-strip through by first folding back every other strip of the first 5 strips. Continue weaving, folding back alternate strips before adding each cross-strip, until lattice is complete. Trim ends. Fold trimmed edge of bottom crust over ends of strips, building up a high edge. Seal and flute. Brush lightly with milk; sprinkle lightly with additional sugar.
  • Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and juice is bubbly

By the Numbers for
The Industrial Revoultuion

The Cotton Gin was $500.00

$0.01 per word for the Telegraph

There were over 40 telegraphs sold along the Atlantic

13 Machines made in the Industry

10,000 muskets in two years

8th of December the Cotton Gin creator was born

50 pounds of lint could be cleaned per day

2.85 billions of cotton were sold in 1850

There were 80,000 southern importers

One cotton glob is around 480 pounds

In 1810 there were almost 1.3 million cotton gins sold

Map of The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail was either the greatest or the worst experience, normally the worst unless you made it to the final destination. It ties into Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny means the belief that the United States should expand from sea to shining sea. This means that the U.S would be completely free. The Oregon Trail was a very long journey. It took 2 months to get all the way to Oregon.  This happened during 1841 and over 70 pioneers left to go all they way from Missouri to Oregon. Oregon was very desirable because that is where the "happiness" was. James K. Polk who was the 11th president of the United States supported the Oregon Trail and the Manifest Destiny. The problem with the Oregon Trail was that there were so many people there that diseases were traveling around and you had to walk on foot so it was a big possibility that you would die. If you didn't die and made it to Oregon you were set for a life full of happiness.

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