U.S. History: 1877-2008

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In History
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    Early American History

  • declaration of independence signed

  • Constitution written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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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-a way to prevent the spread of communism.
    Arm race-a competition between nations for superiority in the development of weapons/Space race-the competition between nations regarding achievements in the field of space exploration.
    U.S.S.R.-a comprising of a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine
    communism-a system where property is publicly owned and each person works/paid according to their abilities.
    domino theory-one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries.
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • 22nd amendment

    No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once.
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

    program to help European countries rebuild after World War 2.
  • 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

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

    these programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation.
  • Tet Offensive

    was a coordinated series of North Vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. The offensive was an attempt to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its involvement in the Vietnam War.
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

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

  • Pentagon Papers leaked

    was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed.
  • 26th Amendment

    moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old
  • War Powers Act

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

    On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops entered Saigon as the last Americans evacuated the city. The surrender of South Vietnam ended the decades-long war and signaled the reunification of North and South Vietnam. The country had been divided in 1954.
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    1990s-21st Century