U.S. History: 1877-2006

Timeline created by ethan.gritsman
In History
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    Early American History

  • Declaration of Independence is signed

  • Constitution is written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

  • Homestead Act

    provided 160 acres to anyone willing to settle on land in the west
  • 13th Amendment

    abolished slavery
  • 14th Amendment

    citizenship & due process
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • 15th Amendment

    voting for all male citizens
  • Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

    Philanthropy: the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.
    Monopoly: the exclusive possession or control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service.
    Jane Addams: American settlement activist, reformer, social worker, sociologist, public administrator and author.
    Laissez-Faire: a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering.
  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    prohibited immigration of skilled or unskilled Chinese laborers, first US national immigration act
  • Pendleton Civil Service Act

    awarded government jobs based on merit
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    ensure railroad set “reasonable and just” rate and the first time government stepped in to regulate business
  • Hull House founded

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    outlawed business monopolies
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    The Progressive Era

    Muckrakers: reform-minded journalists in the Progressive Era in the United States who exposed established institutions and leaders as corrupt
    The Great Migration: movement of 6 million African Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West
    NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Immigration Issues (Assimilation and Nativism): the process of taking in and fully understanding information or ideas
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    Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • Plessy vs Ferguson

    legalized segregation, established "separate but equal"
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  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is published

  • Meat Inspection Act

    law that makes it illegal to adulterate or misbrand meat
  • NAACP founded

  • 16th Amendment

    established the federal income tax
  • 17th Amendment

    direct election of U.S. Senators
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    World War 1

  • National Parks System created

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    Roaring Twenties

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    The Great Depression

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    World War 2

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

  • Truman Doctrine

    US policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • 22nd Amendment

    Prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

    Program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • NATO established

  • Sweatt v. Painter

    Ruled the separate law school at the University of Texas failed to qualify as “separate but equal”
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    Civil Rights Era

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    Korean War

  • Rosenbergs Trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • Hernandez v. Texas

    Mexican Americans and all other races provided equal protection under the 14th Amendment
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    Vietnam War

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation
  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

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    Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Park's arrest

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • Little Rock Nine integrated into an all white school in Little Rock, AK

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

  • Berlin Wall Built

    Prevented people from leaving communist East Berlin
  • Cuban Missle Crisis

  • Martin Luther King Jr "I Have A Dream" Speech

    Given to people in Washington DC
  • John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX

  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax.
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Made discrimination based on race, religion, or nation origin in public places illegal and required employers to hire on a equal opportunity basis.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and Medicaid Established

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Eliminated literacy tests for voters
  • Tet Offensive

  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    Prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of housing
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    Defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
  • First Man on the Moon

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    End of Cold War

  • Kent State shooting

  • Pentagon Papers Leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Moved the voting age from 21 to 18
  • Watergate Scandal

    Led to Nixon's resignation
  • Title IX

    Protects people from discrimination based on gender in education programs
  • War Powers Act

    Law limited the President’s right to send troops to battle without Congressional approval
  • Fall of Saigon (End of Vietnam War)

  • Camp David Accords

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

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    Iran Hostage Crisis

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    Iran Contra Affair

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    1900's - 21st Century