U.S. History: 1877-2008

Timeline created by sheafaulconer
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 1

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    Roaring Twenties

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    The Great Depression

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    World War II

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    Early Cold War (Big Five)

    Containment: American policy of resisting further expansion of communism around the world
    Communism: a system of government where all property is public and people work, and are given things by the govt depending on their needs
    Arms/Space Race: competition between Soviets and the US on who could get to space first, and build powerful nuclear weapons
    Domino Theory: Truman's policy that if Vietnam fell to communism, SE Asia would follow
    USSR: New Communist state based on Marxist socialism
  • United Nations Formed

    Intergovernmental organization created to maintain international peace and security, create friendly relations between countries, and achieve cooperation and harmonization.
  • Truman Doctrine

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

    Program to help European countries rebuild again WWII.
  • Berlin Airlift

    In response to the Soviet blockade of routes into West Berlin, the US organized an airlift that brought food, water, and medicine to the citizens inside the trapped city.
  • NATO Established

    Formed to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.
  • Korean War

    1950-1953 War between North and South Korea, starting when the North attacked the South; the war has never officially ended.
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    Civil Rights Era

  • 22nd Amendment

    The 22nd Amendment says that no person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice", and if you've already been elected before and held full term[s], you cannot be elected again.
  • Rosenbergs Trial

    The court case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who were convicted of espionage for providing the Soviet Union with classified information.
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the US

    More powerful than the atomic bomb, designed by Edward Teller, the first H-Bomb was detonated in the Marshall Islands and has never been used in battle or as a weapon.
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

    The first artificial Earth satellite. It orbited for 3 weeks then fell back into the atmosphere. Sputnik struck fear into the hearts of citizens of the United States, as now the USSR had the equipment to go into space, and since the Soviet Union were the enemy, nobody knew what could be next. People feared nuclear war, and the space race had just started, only escalating the tensions between the two countries.
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    End of Cold War

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    1990's - 21st Century