Century - 1800s

Century – 1800s refers to the years from 1800 to 1899. The Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and the invention of the electric battery by Alessandro Volta were two significant occurrences that influenced history during that specific period.

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History of the United States
Century - 1800s

What was one result of the boom in US farm production in the 1870s?

Successes in US farm production led to additional money to spend, which led to acting on big dreams without much planning. This led to farmers incurring more and bigger debts because they figured the fortune would continue. By 1881, a mini financial depression occurred nationwide. Farmers who over-extended their spending and credit owed couldn't pay off their debts. In many cases, people went bankrupt. This ended up in middle-aged grandsons and great-grandsons losing the family farm their ancestors owned starting in 1800-1830. People lost everything.

Century - 1800s

How were scorpion stings treated in 1800s on Oregon Trail?

The Oregon Trail during the 1800s could be a very dangerous place. Scorpion stings were common and were treated in a few different ways. Most often, an incision was made at the sting site and the poison was allowed to drain from the wound or sucked out, depending on the severity of the sting.
It would probably be treated with incision and drainage to remove the venom; elevation, symptomatic management, rest, bleeding along with application of a herbal poultice...

US Civil War
Century - 1800s

What are some of the ways in which the fight over the extension of slavery into the western territory contributed to the coming of the civil war?

North and South disagreed sharply about whether there should be any new slave-states.

Every time a new state entered the Union as free soil, it diminished the South's voting power in Congress.

History, Politics & Society
Century - 1800s

What was life like in the year 1884?

in all honesty it was pretty uneventfull

History, Politics & Society
Century - 1800s

What are the most important events of the 1800s?

In terms of US history, especially that regarding African Americans, the most important events of the 1800's were the Civil War that lasted from 1861 to 1865 and the end of slavery which ended in 1863.

The 19th Century [1801-1900] also saw the fall of the Spanish, Portugese, Chinese, Holy Roman and Mughal Empires. This allowed for the growing influences of the British and German Empires as well as the US.

The 19th Century was also an era of invention and discovery with significant developments in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and electricity.

The 1800's also saw the great speed at which sport developed as well as the end of slavery all over the world.

The Industrial Revolution also began in Europe.

All of the above is correct apart from everyone is forgetting the Napoleonic wars. Napoleon, Wellington the peninsular war all that i mean come on it was stuff of legends

Colonial America
Century - 1800s
Flag of the United States

What did the American flag look like in the 1800's?

stars and stripes

Since the original Flag Resolution by the Second Continental Congress on June 14th 1777 the flag of the United States of America has been 13 red and white alternating stripes with white stars in the blue upper left corner (canton) of the flag. Since 1777 the flag has remain basically the same with the exception of a star being added as new states joined the USA. There was one other difference: In 1795 the US flag had 15 stars for 15 states (Kentucky and Vermont joined the original 13) and the flag also had 15 stripes. Yes, 15 stripes for the 15 states in the union. This flag flew during the War of 1812 with the British. After that flag we went back to 13 stripes.

In 1814 this 15-star/15-stripe flag flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor while British ships shelled the fort all night. Francis Scott Key observed this while being held on a British ship and eventually wrote a poem "Defense of Ft. M'Henry"... which became the words to OUR National Anthem.

So, the "Star Spangled Banner" that we sing about in our nation's anthem had 15 stripes.

Century - 1800s

How did people make their living in 1880s?

Industry had started and was growing at a tremendous pace however by far the bulk of the working population were what we'd now call manual labourers. This would have been at least 90% of the workers. Better off were what we'd now call the self employed earning a living from supplying a particular need: bakers, shopkeepers, cobblers etc who were around 8%. The "good" jobs, for the lucky last 2%, whether in the clergy, medicine, law, almost anything not involving physical effort, were reserved for the " well educated". Given the educational systems of the time these were almost always the sons of the wealthy. I use the sex specific "sons" deliberately as very, very few women worked for wages in the late 19th century.

Stamp Collecting (Philately)
Century - 1800s

How much did a stamp cost in the 1800s?

It was originally priced in the US at 5 cents for a first class letter. In 1863 the cost was 3 cents for half an ounce. It dropped to 2 cents in 1883 and then was made 2 cents for a full ounce in 1885.

Century - 1800s
The Great Awakening

What was the second great awakening?

The second great awakening was a religious revival in America. There were camp meetings. The abolitionist movement and the temperance movement were influenced by the Second Great Awakening.

Parenting and Children
Century - 1800s

What were children in the 1800s like and how were they raised etc?

Children were dressed like little adults and, in fact, treated like adults in that they were (in the lower classes) expected to go to work as early as 5 or 6. They were probably more serious than our children; working in a dangerous factory will knock lots of foolishness out of a child. There was no such thing as a teenager and no cult of children who need to be spoiled and entertained. Girls were often married at 15 or 16 and, in the middle to lower classes, boys were expected to decide at about 10 what trade they wanted to go into, so they could be apprenticed.

There was no standard or requirement for literacy; the boys in the upper classes were fluent in Latin, Greek, often French, with some Italian. They were heavily versed in the literary classics. Their less fortunate peers went to school when they could and often taught themselves after work.

Girls in the upper classes were literate and probably knowledgeable in light literature (poetry, novels, etc.) but were discouraged from learning anything more than "feminine accomplishments": playing the pianoforte, drawing, fine needlework.

Poor girls were lucky to be able to read, but often knew something the "better" girls did not: how to run a household.

These children were also raised with a greater presence of death. Dying in childbirth was fairly common and, since birth control was illegal and unreliable, childbirth was tough to avoid. It was rare for a mother, of any class, to raise all her children without one fatality.

Fathers were often killed in factory accidents--with no OSHA to monitor working conditions. The Victorians' repulsive methods of disposing of waste generated many of the fatal illnesses they suffered.

And many people died at their doctor's hands, being bled or "cupped" for all sorts of illnesses and complaints, or treated inappropriately for under-diagnosed symptoms.

I think this climate, in which responsibility was ever-present and mourning was big business, had to have a melancholy affect on children that, luckily, our children don't have.


There were huge changes aftecting children between 1800 and 1899 (probably more than, say between 1700 and 1799).

  • During the 1800s basic (elementary) education became compulsory (and later also free) in all the more advanced countries.
  • The 1800s saw the development of the concept of childhood, that is a definite period of development between the age of physical dependence (or infancy) and adulthood. This had started to develop already a little earlier (about 1770 onwards) in the middle classes. For the first time, books (other than school books) were written specifically for children; they began to dress differently, at least in the middle classes. In all or most advanced countries laws were passed from about 1843 on forbidding or at least restricting child labour in factories and mines. More generally, there was a growing sense that children were delicate and vulnerable, and needed protecting from the harsher aspects of adult life. Penalties for children breaking the law changed, with the emphasis shifting to reform. Late in the 1800s (from 1890ish on) the additional concept of adolescence (a stormy, stressful period) was created by psychologists ...
  • All this tended to delay the age at which children were treated as 'mini' adults and delayed their entry into the labour market - and therefore cost money. Many of these changes were most marked among the better off.
History of the United States
Century - 1800s

Why was the Sherman Silver Purchase Act repealed?

it threatened to undermine the U.S. treasury's gold reservers.

Century - 1800s

What was the housing like in 1800s?

the housing was very dull as there was no heating so you had to use lots of blankets and quilts to keep you warm and snuggled up.

History, Politics & Society
Century - 1800s

What was a school day like in the 1800's?

School in the 1800s was very different. Kids only went to school from 9am to 1 pm. They had one hour for recess, one hour of lunch, and two hours of learning. Their school day consisted of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Those subjects were called the three'Rs. If you were a more wealthy family who lived in the city or more populated area you would probably learn history, grammar, geography, science, and foreign languages in your school. As you probably know kids did not have ball point pens in the 1800s so kids used quills. Kids would dip the quill in ink and write, but usually there was a lot of access ink and kids would have a blotting paper and would dab the extra ink to prevent it from smudging. Anyone who was tardy for school and roll call (attendance) would have to wait outside until recess--even in winter! The boys sat at one side of the room while the girls sat on the other side. Sometimes as a punishment the teachers would take a girls bonnet and put it on the boy who misbehaved and he would sit on the girls side. "the peg" was a severe and dreaded punishment. the disobedient child's hair was fastened to clip which kept the pupil standing on his or her tiptoes until the teacher felt that the student had learned his/her lesson. As teachers went, men usually taught schools in the 1800s they were called "school masters" and most men teachers were soldiers who had just retired and needed a job. If a woman did teach she had to be single. Once married she could not teach anymore. every parent of the kids had to pay the teacher her salary in either food or money. If not paid in money usually the teacher then traded the goods at a general store sometime during the week.

History of the United States
Century - 1800s

What was the American economy like in the 18th century?

18th Century American EconomyIt was an agricultural economy. In the South it was based on slave labor. Industry was still small, many producers were still craft based, ie. the local smith. Trade with England was important and English capital was very important to develop industry.

18th century America wasn't as equal as in 17th century America, but the settlers in the New World were still far more prosperous than the average citizen in England. The southern colonies were based on plantations (Mainly tobacco), and the New England colonies were based on ship building, lumbering, etc. The New England colonies contained more of a "middle class" than the southern ones. The southerner's middle class were the small-time land-owning farmers.

.The AMERICAN economy in the 18th century was one stricken inflation and worthlessness. After America claimed independence and fought the Revolutionary War it was severely in debt. The major focus of the first administrations was regaining economic power such as Alexander Hamilton`s Financial Program. Other countries around the world had a joke against American money of the time, the monetary unit was called a Continental and when they though something was worthless they said "It isn't worth a Continental".
Industrial Revolution
Century - 1800s

Why did factory owners recruit children to work for them?

1) Kids worked cheap.

2) Many machines required somebody who was small-enough to reach difficult areas. Kids fit the bill here very well.

3) Children did not have to go to school in the late 1800's as they do today. Sending them to school was expensive. This meant that they were largely a waste of resources for a family if they were not doing something useful with their time, like working.

4) It was widely accepted that children SHOULD be working. Farm children would be assigned minor tasks as soon as they were large enough to accomplish them, and children in the city were treated no differently.

5) The owners are so mean that they think killing the child without letting the dead child's parents know is great! But that is wrong!

Century - 1800s

What job did most people have in the 1790s?

In 1790, about 90% of the population in the US were farmers.

History of England
Century - 1800s

Did the landed gentry like the nouveau riche?

No, they felt threatened by them and their new wealth beleiving money not to be worth as much anymore if these lower class people could get hold of it

Century - 1800s

How did people heat their homes in the 1800s?

With a heat stove or a fireplace.

Wood or coal was the common fuel, very inefficient even if every room had a stove or fireplace. By 1900 furnaces using hot water radiators were in use, heat could be piped to every room in the home. More efficient furnaces with electric blowers would not be available until the 1930's.

Century - 1800s

How did they do laundry in the 1800s?

washboards, hot water, bar of soap

History of the United States
Century - 1800s

What was the economic situation for farmers in the late 1800s?

Prices for crops decreased, and costs for farmers increased

Century - 1800s
Black Friday

Why did Black Friday start in the 1800s?

It didn't. The Black Friday of the 1800s was unrelated to the famous post-Thanksgiving shopping day.

In 1869, The term Black Friday referred to the Wall Street collapse caused by two wealthy industrialists, Jim Fiske and Jay Gould, who attempted to corner the market on gold and ended up destroying or badly crippling nearly more than 200 Wall Street brokers.

In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Black Friday refers to the mega shopping day following Thanksgiving Day when retailers allegedly begin operating "in the black" (making a profit) for the year.

History of England
Famous People
Dick Cheney
Century - 1800s

Where did famous people in the 1800's go to have balls or parties?

I know that in England 1800's that the rich went to Vaulhk Gardens in E ngland to have masked balls or for other things to other people's homes.

AnswerIn England 1800's people went to VAUXHALL Gardens. There they had fire works and masked balls. It wasn't the most respectable place. During the season many people went to the theater a place more people went to to be sociable. Balls were popular mostly famous on holidays such as Valentine's day.

Also most cities and big towns had assembly rooms where dances were held, and in the country if you were rich, they were held at peoples homes, if poor often in a barn....hence barn dances

Answerthey went not to balls but to smaller versions of them. Balls were used in a broad sence of the word and they all were parties that were enjoyed by high society in the home of their Host.


They also attended an elite club called "Almack's," which required a ticket to allow entry. Often dances at Almack's were used to pair up debutantes and bachelors of the upper classes, and would last well into the night.

Clubs were places where men went to be entertained. and I believe the club you are talking about was called Almanacks

History, Politics & Society
Century - 1800s

What did children wear in the 1850's?


History of the United States
Century - 1800s

Education reform during 1800s?

Horrace Mann. Look him up.

Century - 1800s

What jobs moved people west in the 1800s?

Farming, the land was cheap and the soil was rich enough so you can grow good crops and make a lot of money.


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