APUSH Timeline

  • Containment Policy

    Containment Policy
    In response to the increasing influence of the Soviets' communist ideas, this was a policy in the United States to help prevent the spread of cummunism in Europe, China, and South Korea.
  • Truman Doctrine

    Truman Doctrine
    Truman asks congress for $400 million in military and economic assistance for Turkey and Greece.
  • Marshall Plan

    Marshall Plan
    A program that included the United States giving financial aid to European countries after WWII to help them reconstruct their economies.
  • Berlin Airlift/ Blockade

    Berlin Airlift/ Blockade
    A blockade by the Soviets in 1948 in an attempt to drive the western allies out of Berlin. This lasts from June 24, 1948 to May 12, 1949. During this time, supplies and food are flown into Berlin by plane
  • Alger Hiss

    Alger Hiss
    an American lawyer and government official and lecturer who helped establish the United Nations as a U.S. State Department and as a U.N. Official. He was accused of being a soviet spy in 1948 and was found guilty
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization

    North Atlantic Treaty Organization
    An international defense organization, designed to form an alliance between its members in case of a military threat.
  • Soviet Atomic Bomb

    Soviet Atomic Bomb
    After the Soviet Union learned that the U.S. had atomic weapons, they made an atomic bomb of their own. This was significant because two of the world's superpowers held nuclear weapons.
  • McCarthy Hearings

    McCarthy Hearings
    Senator McCarthy started claiming that there were hundreds of communists living in the United States and he was getting people thrown in jail and creating panic in America. His insane accusations were stopped when he tried to take the army to court, claiming that they were protecting undercover communists. Everyone saw how crazy he was and was removed by Eisenhower.
  • Korean War

    Korean War
    This conflict was between North and South Korea. When the Northern, communist people tried to invade South Korea, the U.S. provided support and fought against the communists.
  • Rosnebergs

    The Rosenbergs were the first Americans ever to be executed for espionage. They were charged with giving the Soviet Union information about the U.S. atomic weapons, and were found guilty and executed on this day.
  • Vietnam war

    Vietnam war
    War between Communist North Vietnam and the uncommunist South Vietnam
  • Warsaw Pact

    Warsaw Pact
    Treaty signed on May 14, 1955 by communist states of Europe under soviet influence, in response to the admission of West Germany into NATO. A treaty of mutual defense and military aid of East Germany
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Constructed by the German Democratic Republic on august 13, 1961. Created to cut off West Berlin from East Berlin, part of the plan to stop communism
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    The closest that the U.S. and the Soviet Union ever came to nuclear warfare. When the U.S. found about the missiles that the Soviet Union had stationed in Cuba, the demanded that the missiles be removed. The Soviets eventually removed the missiles.
  • US enters vietnam war

    US enters vietnam war
    U.S enters vietnam war
  • SALT Treaty

    SALT Treaty
    A treaty signed to try to reduce the number of armaments in both the United States and the Soviet Union.

    Strategic Arms Limitation Talks- Treaty between U.S. and Soviet Union, primary goal was to replace the Interim Agreement. REduction of strategic forces. Signed in 1979 by President Carter and Leonid Brezhnev.
  • Ronald Reagan

    Ronald Reagan
    The president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. He ordered a massive build up of the U.S. miliary in order to bring the Cold War to an end.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev

    Mikhail Gorbachev
    Head of State of Soviet Union, helped contribute to the end of the Cold War
  • START Treaty

    START Treaty
    (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) A treaty signed between the U.S. and the Russian Federation calling for a bilateral nuclear arms reduction.