Conflict: 1861-1920

1861:  The Civil War begins on April 12th when Confederate forces attack  a US Military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina.  With the war splitting the United States and nearly every Covenant embroiled in the politics of the war (save for the Ordo Dracul, who remained suspiciously absent during this time, at least publically), the structure of the Covenants fell into shambles.  Sire fought against childe, and elder against elder.  Many of the major wars in the US Civil War had Kindred present in some capacity.  Many soldiers woke from falling on the battlefield as newly embraced vampires.

1863:  Draft riots in New York caused one of the worst civil uprisings and unrest in American History.  Many of the individuals who protested were young Kindred who were embraced shortly after arriving in the US after fleeing from Ireland.  The same year, Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation.

1865:  The first of the Reconstruction Amendments were passed to expand civil rights for black Americans.  The Covenants began to rebuild themselves back up following the Civil War.  In the wake of the Reconstruction period, a number of Conspiracies found root in American society.

1867:  Alaska is acquired from Russia. This same year, a number of factions among the Kindred begin to emerge in the United States in response to the major political changes.  While the mortal world saw the emergence of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), a faction of Kindred who supported the separatist Government and were anti- Republican/Invictus rule attempted to create a Conspiracy.

In response to the growing support of the “free and equal” movement by the Carthians, this faction was quickly eliminated, and its major supporters hunted into oblivion or hiding.  Several surviving members attempted to recreate former glory by joining the White League and Red Shirts, aiding in the reclaiming of political power in the South.   These efforts were relatively unsuccessful.

1869:  The world’s First Transcontinental Railroad was built, enabling Kindred to move across the country easier and quicker – helping to avoid much of the trials of travelling via covered wagon.  Trade, commerce and travel allowed the population to spread across the United States creating a vast wealth of opportunity for the Kindred to claim territory and land.

1870:  A Daeva Elder of the Lancea Sanctum publically abandons his parish to become a member of the Carthian Movement.  Within six years, this elder would emerge with a following of some 15 Kindred – a significant population.

1877:  Rockefeller and Carnegie become moguls of oil and steel, creating both a great movement in philanthropy as well as some of the first US monopolies.  The Conspiracy known as the Gilded Age is founded.

1879:  The Sherman Antitrust Act Is passed.  This is a result of most people believing political and economic practices scandalous and unethical.  Influential Kindred played a shadow game of chess in the political arena, supporting this perception.  The Antitrust Act ended much of the current Kindred involvement in politics for a few years, for fear of the Masquerade being endangered.

1890:  An unprecedented wave of immigration from Europe occurred.  This created diverse populations in undeveloped areas, as well as providing a broader work force for America.  Individuals who left Europe for new opportunities helped to bolster the Kindred population of the New World, as well as re-establish a great deal of the traditional values of the Covenants and the Kindred in general.  The Conspiracy known as the Ala Vacticinium is created, integrating European and American ideals

1893:  The Panic of 1893 hits as railroads go bankrupt.  Workers and businessmen saw prices, wages and profits fall, and the Democratic Party collapsed.  Among the Kindred community, this series of events is blamed on the inability to engage in the politics of mortal society.

1886:  The Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

1897:  William McKinley is elected president and ends the Depression, restoring prosperity back to the United States.  With this election and change of events, Kindred involvement in US politics is allowed to redevelop.

1898:  Hawaii is annexed.

1900:  The US has the strongest economy on the globe, with the success being cited as due to McKinley’s policies.

1908:  The Bureau of Investigation is created – the precursor to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

1912:  The feminist movement re-emerges with the aid of a number of female members of the Carthian Movement.  Many of these same Carthians aided in the formation of the National Woman’s Party.

1914:  World War 1 begins.  There is a great deal of Kindred involvement on the US front as financial backers and supporters.

1918:  The first Worldwide Influenza epidemic hits, killing between 20 & 50 million worldwide.  U.S. deaths number around 500,000 and Canadian deaths around 50,000.  The Kindred become an unfortunate carrier for this disease as the Masquerade is on the brink of collapse

1919:  The First Red Scare occurs as a Carthian faction of Bolshevics begin encouraging anarchism and an end to the Masquerade.  While the mortal world began hunting down the supporters of Bolshevism, many of the Kindred began working with mortal authorities in an attempt to protect the fragile Masquerade.

1920:  The Eighteenth Amendment was enacted, prohibiting the import and export of alcohol and encouraging illegal breweries and dealers.  In response, The Kindred supported a number of Speak Easies and underground breweries.  This same year, the resulting effects of the Red Scare led to a number of members of the Carthian Movement being hunted down under threat of deportation.