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18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History

1792-1799 (#108)

1792 Benjamin Banneker Saves the White House
1793 Congress Enacts a Fugitive Slave Law
1794 The Whiskey Rebellion is Put Down
1794 & 1795 The Jay and Pinckney Treaties Protect America's Westward Expansion
1796 John Adams Becomes the Second President of United States Inaugurating the Two-Party System
1797 U.S.S. Constitution is Launched
1798 Alien and Sedition Acts Usher in a Bleak Period of American Political Freedom
1799 Eulogy for George Washington Ends the Century
[24 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: As the 18th century dawned on the North American continent, four powers— the French, the Spanish, the British, and the Native Americans— were competing to see who would control this remarkable land. However after half a century of almost continuous wars, a new entity emerged: The Americans. It would be the Americans not the other four powers who would control what would become the United States. In the process, the Americans created, by the end of the 18th century, the greatest experiment in self-government the world has ever seen.

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