APUSH Timeline 1954-1975

  • Dwight Eisenhower

    Dwight Eisenhower
    Eisenhower PictureDwight Eisenhower was elected under the campaign slogan "I Like Ike" with Richard Nixon as his Vice President. He promised in his campaign that he would resolve the military deadlock in Korea. Achieved an armistice after hinting at using nuclear weaponry. He supported the Interstate Highway Act of 1956.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Joseph McCarthy is discredited

    Joseph McCarthy is discredited
    McCarthy Picture
    McCarthy was responsible for a red scare by zealously advocating anti-communism. After hunting the country for communists and falsely accusing many, McCarthy was finally publicly denounced after attacking the US Army as being Communist.Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Brown v. Board of Education
    Brown v. Board of Education picture
    This controversial supreme court decision declared the segregation of schools was unconstitutional. The unanimous decision was met with large amounts of southern white protest, but was eventually followed with the help of the US military. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Warsaw Pact is formed

    Warsaw Pact is formed
    Warsaw Pact Picture
    The Warsaw Pact was formed in response to NATO. It was a communist organization made up of many countries such as Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and Hungary.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Rosa Parks is arrested

    Rosa Parks is arrested
    Rosa Parks picture
    In Montgomery Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenge and was arrested. She sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was an important member of the civil rights movement. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • White collar jobs outnumber blue collar

    White collar jobs outnumber blue collar
    White Collar Job Picture
    For the first time, there were more "white collar" workers than "blue collar". This showed that the industrial era was passing, This showed emphasis moving to more sophisticated jobs.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott Ends

    Montgomery Bus Boycott Ends
    Bus Boycott Picture
    The Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama started with Rosa Parks' arrest and ended with the federal ruling Browder v. Gayle. It said that the segregation of bus systems was unconstitutional. The boycott was a success and brought Martin Luther King Jr. to fame. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • SCLC is founded

    SCLC is founded
    SCLC Picture
    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was founded following the bus boycotts in Montgomery Alabama by Dr. King. Its mission was to mobilize the power of southern black churches for civil rights. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Fidel Castro overthrows Fulgencio Batista

    Fidel Castro overthrows Fulgencio Batista
    Fidel Castro Picture
    Fidel Castro overthrew American-supported Fulgencio Batista. America cut off their exports to Cuba. Castro's overthrow would later be attempted with the Bay of Pigs invasion, but would fail. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Alaska joins the Union

    Alaska joins the Union
    Alaska picture
    Alaska became the 49th state in the union. The proclamation was signed in by Eisenhower. It was acquired years earlier by Secretary of State William Seward.
  • Hawaii joins the Union

    Hawaii joins the Union
    Hawaii Picture
    Hawaii becomes the 50th state in the union. The proclamation was signed in by Eisenhower. It was acquired by the US in the late 1800's.
  • SNCC is founded

    SNCC is founded
    SNCC Picture
    The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was created in April 1960. It consisted of young civil rights activists and participated heavily in the sit-in movement protesting against the unfair Jim Crow laws. Later became the Student National Coordinating Committee. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • John F Kennedy

    John F Kennedy
    [JFK Picture](<a href='http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/johnfkennedy)' >JFK Picture</a>Kennedy was the first election to have televised debates. A main event during his presidency was the Bay of Pigs Invasion where American-trained Cuban rebels died trying to overthrow the Cuban government. This led to the Cuban Missile Crisis where nuclear war was imminent for a period of 12 days. He was assasinated November 22, 1963.Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion

    Bay of Pigs Invasion
    JFK Bay of Pigs Picture
    American-trained cuban rebels attempted to incite a cuban rebellion. Kennedy called off the US air support, and the attempt failed.
    Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Cuban Missile Crisis Picture
    The country was at the brink of nuclear war for a period of 13 days. Spy planes revealed missiles in Cuba intended for American soil. The US removed their missiles in Turkey and the USSR removed theirs from Cuba after a blockade. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • March on Washington

    March on Washington
    March on Washington Picture
    This march was one of the largest collective efforts for the civil rights movement. It protested for economic and social equality for African Americans. Helped pass the Civil Rights act of !964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Lyndon Johnson

    Lyndon Johnson
    Johnson Picture
    Known for his in your face "Johnson Treatment", he used intimidation tactics with other politicians. Helped pass Civil Rights act of 1964 which banned racial descrimination in private facilities. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • John F. Kennedy is assassinated

    John F. Kennedy is assassinated
    John F Kennedy Assasssinated Picture
    He was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald while driving down the street in Dallas, Texas. There is a large amount of mystery and conspiracy surrounding the assassination. Johnson was sworn in as president shortly after.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated

    Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated
    MLK Picture
    Dr. King was shot on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennesse by James Earl Ray. Although he knew it had been coming, the civil rights movement lost a great member that day. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Jackie Robinson signs with the Dodgers

    Jackie Robinson signs with the Dodgers
    Jackie Robsinson Info/Picture
    Jackie Robinson becomes the first black man to play in the MLB. He broke the color barrier in professional sports.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed

    Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed
    Civil Rights act of 1964 Picture
    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 stopped descrimination in private facilities available to the public. This includes hospitals, restaraunts, and stores.Its purpose was to garuntee all citizens equal protection under the 14th amendment of the constitution. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Tonkin Resolution is passed

    Tonkin Resolution is passed
    Tonkin Resolution Picture
    In the Tonkin Incident, Vietnam ships supposedly attacted a US ship. This resolution gave Johnson a "blank check" for the Vietnam war, allowing him to send any amount of troops without Congress' approval. http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/July-August-08/On-this-Day--False-Claims-of-Attack-Lead-Congre
  • Operation Rolling Thunder

    Operation Rolling Thunder
    Operation Rolling Thunder Picture
    Operation Rolling Thunder consisted of regular full-scale bombing attacks against North Vietnam. This plan constributed to the steady escalation of the war and involved more US troops. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Voting Rights Act of 1965
    [Voting Rights Act of 1965 Picture](Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006)
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed descrimination in regards to voting. It outlawed literacy tests and other similar practices to keep blacks from voting. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Tet Offensive Picture
    The communists launched attacks on 27 key Southern Vietnamese cities including the capital, Saigon. This was done during Tet, the VIetnamese new year. It was a military victory for the US. http://www.battlestory.org/index.php?p=1_8_war-in-vietnam
  • Johnson announces he will stop the sending of troops to Vietnam

    Johnson announces he will stop the sending of troops to Vietnam
    LBJ Picture
    Lyndon Johnson announces he will stop sending American troops to Vietnam. He also announced that he will not seek a second term of the presidency. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Richard Nixon

    Richard Nixon
    Nixon Picture
    Richard Nixon was skilled in foreign affairs, and opened diplomatic relations with China and the USSR, putting diplomatic pressure on both and the Vietnam situation. He was later discredited by the Watergate Scandal, and resigned August 8, 1974. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Vietnamization

    Vietnamization
    Vietnamization Nixon Picture
    The policy of Vietnamization was put into place by Richard Nixon, and it withdrew 540,000 troops out of Vietnam. It was meant to shift heavier war responsibility to the South Koreans. Was also referred to as the Nixon Doctrine. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mif
  • Watergate Break-In

    Watergate Break-In
    Nixon Watergate Picture
    Supporters of Richard Nixon are caught breaking in to the Watergate Hotel and planting bugs in the Democrats' room. A piece of duck tape was discovered propping the door open, and that is what prompted security to call the police initially. It would later lead to the un-making of Nixon's presidency. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth editi
  • Richard Nixon resigns

    Richard Nixon resigns
    Nixon Resignation Picture
    Richard Nixon resigns before being impeached. His impeachment charges were obstruction of justice regarding the Watergate Scandal. His downfall came in trying to cover it up rather than his involvement in the scandal. Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006
  • Gerald Ford

    Gerald Ford
    Ford Picture
    Ford was the first unelectred president, having replaced Spiro Agnew following his resignation.Was athletic, gave Nixon a full pardon, allowed draft dodgers to return to the US, and signed the Helsinki Accords in 1975.Kennedy, David., et al. The American Pageant. Thirteenth edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006