U.S. History: 1877-2008

Timeline created by Marissa.Cabrera-Rios
In History
  • Declaration of Independence signed

  • Constitution written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Civil War/ Reconstruction

  • Homestead Act

    provided 160 acres to anyone wiling 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 Glided Age

    1- Rockefeller/Carnegie (captains of industry vs. Robber Barons)
    2- Philanthropy
    3- Monopoly
    4- Jane Addams
    5- Laissez-Faire
  • 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
  • Dawes Act

    Gave individual ownership of land to native Americans instead of the tribe owning things collectively
  • Hull House founded, first of many settlement houses

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    outlawed business monopolies
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    outlawed trust to promote economic fairness
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    The Progressive Era

    1- Muckrakers
    2- Initiative, Referendum, Recall
    3- The Great Migration
    4- NAACP
    5- Immigration Issues (assimilation and Nativism)
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Legalized segregation, established "separate but equal"
  • USS Maine explodes off the coast of Cuba, starting the Spanish American War

  • Hawaii is annexed as a territory of the United States

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    1- Theodore Roosevelt
    2- Rough Riders
    3- Foreign Policy
    4- Immigration Quotas
    5- Yellow Journalism
  • Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • Open Door Policy

    initiated free trade with China
  • Panama Canal Built

  • Roosevelt Corollary

    an addition to the Monroe Doctrine
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is published

  • Meat Inspection Act

    law that makes it illegal to adulterate or misbrand meat
  • Pure food and Drug Act

    regulation of the preparation of foods and the sale of medicines
  • NAACP founded

  • 16th Amendment

    established the federal income tax
  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Taft's policy of paying for peace in Latin America
  • 17th Amendment

    direct election of U.S. Senators
  • Federal Reserve Act

    established the federal reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, starting World War I

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    World War I

    1- Alvin York
    2- Homefront
    3- M.A.I.N (causes of WWI)
    4- Sussex Pledge
    5- American Expeditionary Forces
  • Sinking of the Lusitania

  • National Parks System created

  • Zimmerman Telegram intercepted by the british, warned the U.S. of a proposed ally between Mexico and Germany

  • The United Stated enters WWI on the Allied side

  • Bolshevik Revolution in Russia begins, causing Russian troops to exit the war

  • Battle of Argonne Forest, considered the turning point of the war

  • Germany surrenders to the Allied Powers

  • President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points

    statement of principles for peace after World War I, included no colonialism, freedom of the seas, and a League of Nations
  • Treaty of Versailles

    peace treaty that ended World War I, required Germany to accept full blame and pay war reparations as well as demilitarize
  • 18th Amendment

    prohibition is enacted and alcohol is illegal
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    Early American History

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    Roaring Twenties

    1-Social Darwinism
    2-The Red Scare
    3-Assembly Line
    4-Return to Normalcy
    5-Harlem Renaissance
  • 19th Amendment

    women are given the right to vote
  • Teapot Dome Scandal uncovered by the Wall Street Journal

  • American Indian Citizenship Act

    granted citizenship to any Native Americans born within the United States
  • Scopes Monkey Trial

  • Charles Lindbergh makes history by making a nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris

  • Stock Market Crash

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    Great Depression

    2-The New Deal
    3-Causes of the Great Depression (5)
    4-Court Packing
    5-Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Dust Bowl

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt elected

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) established

  • 20th Amendment

    adjusted the dates of the presidential terms
  • 21st Amendment

    repeals the 18th Amendment and prohibition ends
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) established

  • Works Progress Administration (WPA) established

  • Social Security Act

    established the Social Security Administration, which provides unemployment insurance, aid to the disabled, old age pensions, and insurance for families
  • Adolf Hitler invades Poland, starting WWII

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    World War II

    1-Island Hopping
    2-Liberation of Concentration Camps
    3-Dwight Eisenhower
    4-Douglas MacArthur
    5-Chester W. Nimitz
    6-Navajo Code Talkers
    7-Tuskegee Airmen
    8-Flying Tigers
    9-The Manhattan Project
    10-Rosie the Riveter
  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • Battle of Midway

  • Bataan Death March

  • Executive order 9066

    incarceration of Japanese Americans for the duration of WWII
  • “D-Day” - Invasion of Normandy

  • G.I. Bill

    gives military veterans financial and educational benefits
  • The atomic bomb, “Little Boy” is dropped in Hiroshima, Japan (August 6)

  • The atomic bomb, “Fat Man” is dropped in Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War II (August 9)

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    2-Arms Race/Space Race
    3-The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    5-Domino Theory
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. 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

  • Korean War

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    Civil Rights era

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • Interstate highway Act

    authorized the building of a national highway system
  • USSR launches Sputnik

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    End of Cold War

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    1990's- 21st Century