U.S History 1877-2008

Timeline created by QuintenK
In History
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    Early American History

  • Declaration of Independence Signed

    The Declaration of Independence was signed by the US founding fathers and claimed their right of freedom from Britain.
  • Constitution Created

    The Constitution for the newly formed United States was drafted and ratified for use.
  • Bill of Rights Ratified

    The Bill of Rights within the US constitution, listing the rights given to the citizens, was created and ratified.
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    Civil War/ Reconstruction

  • Homestead Act

    An act which gave 160 acres of land to anyone who would be willing to move West and expand into the coast.
  • 13th Amendment

    The 13th amendment was ratified to the Bill of Rights which abolished slavery.
  • 14th Amendment

    14th amendment was created and added to the Bill of Rights giving citizenship to all born or naturalized peoples in the states.
  • Transcontinental Rail completed

    The rails that started at opposing sides of the US, finally connected with a golden spike and allowed for railway travel.
  • 15th Amendment

    The 15th amendment was ratified to the Bill of Rights which established African American men the right to vote was in their rights as well.
  • The Invention of the Telephone

    Alexander Graham Bell finished his testing of the wired telephone and showed it of to the masses with a performance done with his assistant.
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    The Gilded Age

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Prohibition of skilled or unskilled Chinese laborers, the first in US policy.
  • Pendleton Civil Service Act

    Awarded Governmental jobs based solely on merit.
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    Ensure the reasonable and just rate for the rail industry, the first in governmental business regulation
  • Dawes Act

    Gave the individual ownership of land to single Native Americans and not the whole tribe.
  • Hull House Creation

    The first ever settlement house within the inner city called the Hull House, this housed workers and families alike in cramped rooms.
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Outlawed the ability and possibility of a monopoly within American business.
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    The Progressive Era

    Muckrakers-Reporters who dig up dirt or info that hurts businesses, coined by Roosevelt (T).
    Initiative, Referendum, Recall-Ability for voters to change legislation to help get rid of corruption within the office.
    The Great Migration-Large scale migration from the South, namely with African Americans, moved North for better life.
    NAACP-A national association to help colored people further into society.
    Immigration Issues-Newly introduced immigrants had a hard time fitting in and caused issue.
  • Klondike Gold Rush

    A mass immigration to Alaska to make a profit of finding and selling gold from the gold rush.
  • Plessy V. Ferguson

    The main court case that established the principle/policy of "separate but equal" and legalized segregation.
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  • The Jungle

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair was written and printed.
  • NAACP founded

    NAACP was founded to help people further into society.
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    World War 1

  • National Parks System Founded

    National Parks were thought of and introduced by Teddy Roosevelt.
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    The Roaring Twenties

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    The Great Depression

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    World War 2

  • United Nations Formed

    The U.N as an opposing force to the USSR is formed.
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    Early Cold War

    Containment- Act by the U.S government to stop the spread of communism through the world.
    Arms Race/Space Race- Competition between U.S and USSR to have superiority in space, race to the moon.
    Communism- Government control of business and industry then back to the community.
    Domino Theory- Political actions/ideas in one country will spread to neighboring ones.
    Union of Soviet Socialist Countries- Combining of the Social countries of Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia, etc. to fight the U.S.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Policy to give aid to European countries to dissuade them from communism.
  • Berlin Airlift

    Supply drops sent to East Berlin to help them after the USSR put up the blockade,
  • Marshall Plan

    Policy to aid European countries like France with reconstruction.
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenberg Trails

    Trail of the Soviet spies takes place and finds them guilty.
  • 22nd Amendment

    The 22nd amendment is ratified which restricts the terms that could be served by the president to two.
  • First H-bomb from U.S

  • Korean War

    War between communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea ends
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    Vietnam War

  • Polio Vaccine

    Jonas Salk invents the Polio vaccine for the population.
  • Sputnik

    USSR launches the first man-made satellite into space; Sputnik.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuba received warheads from the USSR which caused the U.S to panic and set up a quarantine around Cuba. Averted as U.S and USSR came to an agreement.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Gives the president of the U.S the ability to carry out actions deemed necessary within war.
  • Medicare and Medicaid

    Medicare/Medicaid was passed into law to help low income peoples.
  • Tet Offensive

    The North Vietnamese government launched a full scale attack on South Vietnam. It happened on the New Year and caused the U.S to fall back.
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    End of the Cold War

  • Pentagon Papers

    Secret info about the Vietnam war was released by the press and caused a trial about the first amendments coverage of press.
  • 26th Amendment

    26th amendment is ratified and moves the right to vote from 21 down to 18.
  • Wars Powers Act

    Basically a retraction of the Tonkin Resolution. It limited the ability of the president to send troops to wherever or whenever he thinks to send them in war.
  • Saigon Falls

    The North Vietnamese army reaches and overtakes Saigon from the U.S and South Vietnam. The end of the war is reached and the communist have won.
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    1990s-21st Century