Timelines give you an idea of the order of events.
Sometimes timelines have precise dates, sometimes they give you broad periods of time.
Make your own timeline
Why do you need to understand timelines?
- For example, some students think that Martin Luther King Jr. ended slavery. If you understand timelines, you would know that slavery ended in the 1860s, and segregation policies mostly ended by 1960. They're a hundred years apart!
A brief timeline of inequality in the United States: