U.S History 1877-2008

Timeline created by Alexander.Hill
In History
  • Declaration of Independence Signed

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    Early American History

  • Constitution written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

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    The Progressive Era

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    Imperialism

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    World War 1

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

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    World War 2

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    1Containment policy prevented ideology from spreading;U.S contained Cuba to stop trade
    2Arms Race/Space Race-2 countries fought over military power;U.S. was first to create nukes and land on moon.
    3Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-federal socialist state in Northern Eurasia;lead to world power under communism
    4Communism-economic ideology that advocates for a classless society.Led to the rise of USSR
    5Domino Theory-theory that a communist nation would spread to other nations;led to Vietnam War
  • 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

  • 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

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • Korean War

  • 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

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks' Arrest

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

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

  • Berlin Wall built to prevent people from leaving communist East Berlin

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at the March on Washington

  • John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, TX

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Made discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin in public places illegal and required employers to hire on an equal opportunity basis
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

  • Voting Rights of 1965

    Eliminated literacy tests for voters
  • Martin Luther King is assassinated

  • Tet Offensive

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of housing
  • First Man on the Moon

  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
  • Kent State University shooting

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    End of the Cold War

  • Pentagon Papers leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old
  • 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
  • Watergate Scandal, which leads to Nixon’s Resignation

  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

  • Camp David Accords

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Hostage Crisis

  • Iran Contra Affair

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    1990s-21st Century