U.S. History: 1877-2008

Timeline created by joseph.tavana
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 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: The U.S. name for their goal to stop communism from spreading
    Arms Race/Space Race: The race between the US and the USSR to make increasingly more powerful weapons, as well as being the first to go to space.
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: The USSR, the country that fought for communism in the cold war.
    Communism: The idea that people would work, and the government would give things to the workers depending on needs.
    Domino Theory:
  • United Nations Formed

  • Truman Doctrine

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

    Response to a soviet blockade of allied controlled sections of Berlin, successfully brought food and medical supplies to allied controlled areas of Berlin.
  • Marshall Plan

    Program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • NATO Established

    NATO was developed during Cold War to deter against USSR (Warsaw Pact). It promotes democratic values and encourages consultation and cooperation on defense and security issues to build trust, and in the long run, prevent conflict.
  • Korean War

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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenbergs Trial

    Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were charged and executed (1953) for allegedly passing atomic secrets to Russia, violating the Espionage Act of 1917.
  • 22nd Amendment

    Prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again.
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the US

    Tested at Enewetak Atoll. This marked a new era of weaponry: nuclear weapons.
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

    Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine, saving many americans from this illness.
  • USSR Launches Sputnik

    First artificial satellite to orbit Earth, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. The U.S. responded by creating NASA and the National Defense Education Act.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

  • Tet Offensive

  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    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

    The 26th amendment moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old.
  • War Powers Act

    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