american history timeline

  • herbert hoover takes office

    the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933)
  • neutrality acts

    laws that were passed by the United States Congress in the 1930s, in response to the growing turmoil in Europe and Asia that eventually led to World War II
  • the bonus army

    popular name of an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who gathered in Washington, D.C
  • hitler takes power

    hitler adolf hitler rose to power in germany and led
  • the new deal

    series of economic programs implemented in the United States between 1933 and 1936
  • indian reorganization act

    was U.S. federal legislation that secured certain rights to Native Americans, including Alaska Natives
  • social security act

    drafted during Roosevelt's first term by the President's Committee on Economic Security, under Frances Perkins, and passed by Congress as part of the New Deal
  • the dust bowl

    period of severe dust storms causing major ecological and agricultural damage to American and Canadian prairie lands from 1930 to 1936
  • GM Sit-down strike

    changed the United Automobile Workers (UAW) from a collection of isolated locals on the fringes of the industry into a major labor union and led to the unionization of the domestic United States automobile industry
  • rape of nanjing

    mass murder, genocide and war rape that occured durning the six-week period following the japanese capture of the city of nanjing
  • father coughlin attacks FDR, jews

    became perhaps the most prominent Roman Catholic spokesman on political and financial issues in the 1930s, with a radio audience that reached millions every week
  • the grapes of wrath

    novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.