U.S. History: 1877-2008

Timeline created by Katie.Showalter
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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    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

    committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.
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    Early Cold War

    Containment was a United States policy to prevent the spread of communism abroad. Arms Race- a pattern of competitive acquisition of military capability between two or more countries The USSR- federal socialist state in Northern Eurasia that existed Communism-philosophical, social, political and economic ideology & ultimate goal is the establishment of a communist society.
    Domino Theory- adopted in U.S. foreign policy after World War II would precipitate the fall of noncommunist governments
  • 22nd Amendment

    22nd Amendment: prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • Truman Doctrine

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

    brought food and other needed goods into West Berlin by air after the government of East Germany, which at that time surrounded West Berlin (see Berlin wall) (see also Berlin wall), had cut off its supply routes.
  • Marshall Plan

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

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949 by the United States, Canada, and several Western European nations to provide collective security against the Soviet Union.
  • Korean War

    war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following clashes along the border and insurrections in the south.
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenburgs trial

    A court case involving Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, an American couple who were executed in 1953 as spies for the Soviet Union. Some have argued that the Rosenbergs were innocent victims of McCarthy-era hysteria against communists or of anti-Semitism
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

    first test of a hydrogen bomb carried out by the United States in the Marshall Islands. In an operation code-named Mike, the first thermonuclear weapon (hydrogen bomb) was detonated at Enewetak atoll in the Marshall Islands, November 1, 1952.
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

    American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.
  • USSR launches Sputnik

    the world's first artificial satellite. The spacecraft, named Sputnik after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch base in the Kazakh Republic.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

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    Vietnam War

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • 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

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

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    1990s-21st Century