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History of the United States of America

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    1st Generation Colonial

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    Move for Independence

  • Jamestown Settlement founded

    First permanent British colony in the U.S.
  • Plymouth colony founded

    *Mayflower Compact
  • Massachusetts Bay founded

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    Great Migration

  • Maryland colony founded

    *first proprietary colony; only Catholic colony
  • Rhode Island colony founded

    *religious toleration
  • Connecticut colony founded

    *Fundamental Orders of Connecticut
  • Delaware colony founded

    *founded by Sweden
    *under English rule from 1664
  • Carolinas founded

  • New York colony founded

    *under Dutch control as New Amsterdam from 1621 to 1664
  • New Hampshire colony founded

  • New Jersey colony founded

  • Pennsylvania colony founded

    *proprietary colony
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    Salem Witch Trials

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    2nd Generation Colonial

  • Georgia colony founded

    *buffer against Spanish Florida
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    French and Indian War (Seven Years War)

  • Boston Tea Party

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    American Revolutionary War

  • Declaration of Independence

  • Constitution ratified

  • Tariff of 1789

    *1st tariff under the Constitution
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    Federalist Era

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    Jeffersonian Era

  • Louisiana Territory purchased by Thomas Jefferson

  • Marbury vs. Madison

    *judicial review
  • Last northern state abolished slavery

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    War of 1812

    *ended with the Treaty of Ghent
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    Era of Good Feelings

  • Tariff of 1816

    *1st protective tariff
  • McCulloch vs. Maryland

    *Bank of U.S.- elastic clause
  • Corrupt Bargain

    *led to Jackson and the Common Man
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    Common Man Era

  • "Tariff of Abominations"

    *leads to Nullification Crisis
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    Manifest Destiny

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    Mexican-American War

    *ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • Dred Scott vs. Sanford

    *a slave is a slave no matter where he is
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    Civil War

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  • 14th Amendment passed

    *granted citizenship... very important in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Compromise of 1877 ends Reconstruction

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    Gilded Age

  • "Mongrel Tariff"

    *loopholes and interest groups
  • McKinley Tariff

    *highest protective tariff to date
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    *separate but equal
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    Spanish-American War

    *ended with the Treaty of Paris
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  • Insular Cases

    *people in Puerto Rico do not have the same rights as the U.S.
  • Muller vs. Oregon

    *set 8-hour work limit for women in the workplace
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    World War I

    *ended with the Treaty of Versailles
  • Grandfather Clause outlawed by Supreme Court

  • U.S. joined WWI

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    Return to "Normalcy" -Harding

  • Emergency Tariff

  • Stock Market Crash

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    Great Depression

  • Smoot-Hawley Tariff

    *stock market crashed
  • New Deal Coalition begins

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    World War II

  • Executive Order 8802

    *FDR forbids race discrimination when hiring
  • Atlantic Conference

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • U.S. joined WWII

  • Korematsu vs. U.S.

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    Cold War

  • Yalta Conference

  • Potsdam Conference

    *Japan must surrender or risk destruction
  • Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

  • Armed forces integrated

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    Korean War

    *ended with an Armistice
  • Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka

    *schols ordered to desegregate at "all deliberate speed"
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    Montgomery Bus Boycott

  • Little Rock Central High desegregated

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    Vietnam War

    *ended with the Paris Peace Accords
  • "Letter from Birmingham Jail" -MLK

  • March on Washington

    *where MLK gave his "I Have a Dream" speech
  • 24th Amendment

    *poll tax outlawed
  • Reynolds vs. Sims

    *"one person, one vote"
  • Civil Rights Act passed

  • Selma to Montgomery march

    *lead to voting rights act
  • Voting Rights Act approved

  • Miranda vs. Arizona

    *Miranda rights
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

    *assassinated by James Earl Ray
  • Roe vs. Wade

  • Bakke Case

    *affirmative action- limited quotas
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    Conservative Revolution

    *Reagan elected '80
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    Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

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    Good Economy/Clinton Peace


    *still in existence
  • Afghanistan War (Operation Enduring Freedom) began

  • Second Gulf War (Operation Iraqi Freedom) began

  • Barack Obama inaugurated into office