Conflict Years

  • McCarthyism

    The term McCarthyism, derived from the actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s, has come to mean the use of reckless and unfair accusations in the name of supressing political disloyalty.
  • Election of 1952

    Eisenhower vs. Taft, but Taft dropped out and Stevenson took his place.
  • Vietnam

    Eisenhower was the first president to go head first into the Vietnam conflicts. Eisenhower did not support the Geneva Accords signed by France and Vietnam in the summer of 1954. The Accord made the 17th parallel dividing the country of Vietnam to north and south section until two years when they would hold a free election for all of the country.
  • Taiwan

    Nationalists controlled Taiwan and other small countries near china,in 1954 china threatened to seize two islands, shelling them in order to liberate Taiwan. Eisenhower asked congress for permission to take military action. Us warned china that they would aid Taiwan with nuclear warefar against them if attempted to shell the two islands.
  • Indochina

    theFirst Indochina War (generally known as the Indochina War, or sometimes the Dirty War, infrance, and as the Anti-French Resistance War in contemporaryvietnam) is said to have begun in French Indochina on 19 December 1946 and to have lasted until 1 August 1954. Fighting between French forces and their Việt Minh opponents in the South dates from September 1945.
  • Hungary

    the people of Hungary and the rest of Eastern Europe were ruled over with a rod of iron by Communist Russia. Those who challenged Stalin would adhere to consequences.October 23rd 1956, students and workers took to the streets of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and issued their Sixteen Points which included personal freedom, more food, the removal of the secret police, and the removal of Russian control.
  • Crisis in the Middle East

    Egyptian government seized the Suez Canal from the British and French which had consequences for the U.S relations with both Middle East and European allies. The ensuing of the Suez Canal threatened the regional stability and challenged the relationship of the United States with Cold War Allies, France and Britain.
  • Civil Rights Movement

    Eisenhower was the first president to pass civil rights legilation since after the Civil war. He appointed Earl Warran to the Supreme Court, who ruled on Brown v. Board of Education, thus ending segragation. Civil Rights Act of 1957 & 1060, Voting Rights Act 1965,
  • Civil Rights Movement

    Throughout JFK's presidency, civil rights advocates struggled to effect change in the racially segregated South, where whites controlled state governments and denied African-Americans basic rights. Although Kennedy opposed segregation and had shown some support for the civil rights movement he did not make civil rights a major priority of his presidency until his last months as commander-in-chief. Civil Rights Act of 1962.
  • The New Frontier

    The newest frontier was space. In 1957, the Soviet Union shocked Americans by launching SPUTNIK, the first satellite to be placed in orbit.
  • Cold War and Cuba

    the Cuban Revolution, Cuban Democracy Act, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Civil Rights

    Kennedy's civil rights bill included provisions to ban discrimination in public accommodations, and to enable the U.S. Attorney General to join in lawsuits against state governments which operated segregated school systems, among other provisions. Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Vietnam

    In his first speech on becoming president, Kennedy made it clear that he would continue the policy of the former President, Dwight Eisenhower, and support the government of Diem in South Vietnam. Kennedy also made it plain that he supported the ‘Domino Theory’ and he was convinced that if South Vietnam fell to communism, then other states in the region would as a consequence. In 1961, Kennedy agreed that America should finance an increase in the size of the South Vietnamese Army from to 170,000.
  • Kennedy's Assassination

    Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.
  • New Society

    As president, he used his political skills to enact what remained of Kennedy's programs. He also used his influence to push through a flood of new laws intended to help the poor and minorities and to create what he called the Great Society — a country in which poverty, disease, and racial injustice would be eliminated through government reforms.
  • Immigration

    The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was abolished from the National Origins Formula that had been in place in the United States since the Emergency Quota Act.
  • Cold War

    Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 American advisors/soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 combat troops in early 19681964 Civil Rights Act,1965 Voting Rights Act, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Higher Education Act
  • Vietnam

    Johnson escalated American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 American advisors/soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 combat troops. The involvement stimulated a large angry antiwar movement based especially on university campuses in the U.S. and abroad.