U.S. History: 1877-2008

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In History
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    Early American History

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

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    The Gilded Age

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    The Progressive Era

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    World War I

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

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    World War II

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment- policy resisting further expansion of communism around the world
    Arms Race/Space Race- competition between the Soviet Union and the United States
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics- The Soviet Union was a federal socialist state in Northern Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991
    Communism- a system of government where all property is public and people work and are given things by the government
    Domino Theory - how political events in a country can affect neighboring countries
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • Berlin Airlift

    response to a Soviet blockade of allied controlled sections of Berlin successfully brought food and medical supplies to allied controlled areas of Berlin
  • Marshall Plan

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

    Developed during Cold War to deter against USSR (Warsaw Pact). Promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defense and security issues to build trust, and in the long run, prevent conflict
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    Civil Rights Era

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    Korean War

  • Rosenbergs trial

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were charged and executed (1953) for allegedly passing atomic secrets to Russia, violating the Espionage Act of 1917
  • 22nd Amendment

    prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

    First artificial satellite to orbit Earth, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. The U.S. responded by creating NASA and the National DefenseEducation Act
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

  • Tet Offensive

  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
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    End of the Cold War

  • Pentagon Papers leaked

  • War Powers Act

    law limited the President’s right to send troops to battle without Congressional approval
  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

  • 26th Amendment

    moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old
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    1990s-21st Century