1954-1975 Timeline APUSH By Battlehardenedwarhawk

  • Dwight Eisenhower Elected President

    Dwight Eisenhower Elected President
    List of PresidentsEisenhower won the 1954 election by a landslide in the electoral college against Adlai Stevenson. However, the race was close when it came to the populous vote. Eisenhower was successful due to his war hero tittle and his grandfatherly personality.
  • Second Red Scare

    Second Red Scare
    The Red ScareDuring the Cold War, the homefront in the US was very fragile. A Second Red Scare broke out due to McCarthyism scaring the people into believing that the USSR hired spies to work in the US government.
  • Geneva Conference

    Geneva Conference
    [geneva](Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006)In Geneva, Switzerland, a conference was held to decide what to do with Vietnam. They were going to attempt to unite it peacefully, but it was never worked out and Vietnam was split into a northern and southern section
  • Brown v Board of Education

    Brown v  Board of Education
    In this case brought to the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall argued that segregated schools were in violation against the 14th ammendment. This case overturned the "Seperate, but equal" statement from the Plessy v Fergason case.
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Montgomery Bus Boycott
    Rosa PArks ignites a bus boycott because she refuse to give her seat to a white on the bus. The bus boycott carried on for 381 days, until busses were desegregated.
  • Death Of Emmett Till

    Death Of Emmett Till
    Emmett TillWhen only 14 years old, Emmett till whistled at another young white woman. A group of white men then found Emmett Till and mutily beat him until he finally died. Till served as a martyr for the civil rights cause and brought the spotlight to the racism in the south.
  • Interstate Highway System

    Interstate Highway System
    Interstate Highway SystemDue to Cold WAr jitters, Eisenhower took under on one of the most extensice country wide projects. It was also very liberal for a republican president to do. The main reason the Interstate Highway System was built was because of fear of a war. Weapons and soldiers needed to be moved rapidly throughout the country and the highway system made it possible.
  • Little Rock Central High School Desegregates

    Little Rock Central High School Desegregates
    Little Rock Nine After Little Rock school board votes to integrate schools, National Guard troops and huge mobs of people prevent "The Littlerock Nine" from attending school. 1000 federal paratroopers are needed to escort black students into class.
  • JFK Elected President

    JFK Elected President
    JFK PresidentJFK became the first Catholic president in US history. He was very young, handsome, and charasmatic. He used the television to gain much of his support and he was quite the celebrity.
  • The Bay of Pigs invasion

    The Bay of Pigs invasion
    When JFK came into office, he inhertited the Bay of Pigs Invasion plan. In this invasion 1200 exiled Cuban anitcommunists invaded Cuba's Bay of Pigs. They were attempting to overthrough Fidel Castro, but it failed. JFK took full responsibilty for the failure which was an excellent move. He gained AMerican trust and support.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Peace Corps

    Peace Corps
    JFK proposes that the US start an army of idealistic and mostly youthful volunteers to bring AMerican skills to underdeveloped nations.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Desegregation Drive In Birmingham

    Desegregation Drive In Birmingham
    BirminghamIn April of 1963, SCLC led my MLK protested in Birmingham. They were opposing the segregation laws in Birmingham. The protestors were beat, fire hosed, and even attacked by K9 units.
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    On August 28, 1963 200,000 blacks and whites met outside the Lincoln Memorial building to listen to speeches from different civil rights leaders. MLK gave his "I Have a Dream" speech here.
  • Bombing of a Birmingham Church

    Bombing of a Birmingham Church
    Bombing in BirminghamWhile attending church, a bomb planted by pro-segregation detinated, killing 4 young black women. Gained a lot of national attention.
  • Lindon Johnson

    Lindon Johnson
    LBJAfer the assasination of JFK, his vice president Lindon B. Johnson became president. Johnson was an in-your-face kind of guy and was quite intimidating. He usually got what he wanted by bullying his collegues around.
  • The Civil Rights Act

    The Civil Rights Act
    LBJ fought for the Civil Rights Act to be passed in repect of JFK. He honored how hard JFK fought to get it passed. The Civil Rights Act banned racial discrimination in most private facilities open to the public, icluding theatres, hospitals and restaurants.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
    Tonkin ResolutionThe Gulf of Tonkin Resloution was made to give the president the complete right to wage war. It was a result of the alleged unprovoked attack on the USS Madoxx by 3 north vietnamese torpedo ships,
  • The Great Society

    The Great Society
    The Great SocietyThe Great Society was Johnsons attack on poverty and discrimination. He looked up to FDR and the Great Society was a very FDR thing to do. It was a very liberal time in US history
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    rolling thingerOpereration Rolling Thunder was the commitment to gradual increase the aerial bombing of North Vietnam. The goal of the bombings was to fatigue the communitst into submission, although they never did.
  • Selma to Montgomery March

    Selma to Montgomery March
    Selma to MontgomeryMartin Luther KingJr. leads a 54 mile march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights for blacks. The marchers were attacked by police and were terrorized by Gov. Wallace. Eventually they reached Montgomery and recieved national attention.
  • Voting rights Act

    Voting rights Act
    Voting Rights ActAfter the passage of this Act, voting percentages from African Americans rose tremendously. Black voter registraton rose from 7% to 67% percent and many black officials were elected to various places in the government.
  • Watts Riots

    Watts Riots
    WattsIn 1965 riots erupted over the arrests of two black men for drunk driving. Because of the racial tension in the area, a mob formed and violence broke out in Watts resulting in injury, looting and 34 deaths.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    [Tet OFfensive](Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006)On the holliday of Tet, a cease fire was signedfor the two days of worship. However, the Vietcong and North Vietnamese planned many surprise attacks on American and South Vietnamese camps. The US lost no battles.
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    NixonNixon was elected president in 1968, in one of the closest elections in US history, He set out out to unify the country and to end the war in Vietnam.
  • Vietnamization

    When Nixon was inaugurated in 1969, he made it his goal to unite the American people. The first issue dividing the nation was the Vietnam war. The country was divided between people who supported the war and people who did not. Nixon began the process of Vietnamization, where Nixon would withdrawl 540,000 US soldiers.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Watergate Scandal

    Watergate Scandal
    Watergate ScandalPresident Nixon was always known for his paranoid personality. He was nervous for the upcoming election so he hired 5 people to break into the democratic campaign offices at Watergate with the purpose of stealing files and installing devices to spy on the opposing campaign. He was caught and eventually was forced to resign.
  • Pardon of Nixon

    Pardon of Nixon
    PardonWhen a president is elected, they are allowed one pardon of a criminal. Geral Ford chose Richard Nixon, this was a surprise to many AMericans. Some felt that Ford went to easy on Nixon. It was controversial.
  • WIN Program

    WIN Program
    At home, inflation was dangerously high, so Ford made a speach where he mentioned "Whipping Inflation Now!" It was his goal to keep inflation very low
  • Gerald Ford

    Gerald Ford
    FordGerald Ford Was the only president in US history that was not elected, because Nixon resigned, he was chosen. The FBI conducted an extensive background check on him to ensure his safety as a president.
  • The Fall OF Saigon

    The Fall OF Saigon
    SaigonAs the US pulled out of the war, North Vietnam was gaining more are more power. Eventually the communists neared Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. The US attempted to evacuate as many people as they could as the communists were approaching.