U.S. History 1877-2008

Timeline created by collin.anderson
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

  • Homestead Act

    Provided 160 acres to anyone willing to settle on land in the west
  • 13th Amendment

    Abolished slavery
  • 14th Amendment

    Citizenship and Due Process
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • 15th Amendment

    Voting for All Male Citizens
  • Telephone Invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Prohibited immigration of skilled or unskilled Chinese laborers, first US national immigration act
  • Pendleton Civil Service Act

    Awarded government jobs based on merit
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    Ensure railroad set "reasonable and just" rate and the first time government stepped in to regulate business
  • Dawes Act

    Gave individual ownership of land to Native Americans instead of the tribe owning things collectively
  • Hull House Founded, first of many settlement houses

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Outlawed trusts to promote economic fairness
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    The Progressive Era

  • Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Legalized segregation, established "separate but equal"
  • USS Maine explodes off the coast of Cuba, starting the Spanish American war

  • Hawaii is annexed as a territory of the United States

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    Theodore Roosevelt - 26th President of The United States of America
    Rough Riders - First volunteer cavalry
    Foreign Policy - A countries strategy of dealing with other nations
    Immigration Quotas - Two percent of every nationality got visas
    Yellow Journalism - Exaggerated reporting
  • Open Door Policy

    Initiated free trade with China
  • Panama Canal Built

  • Roosevelt Corollary

    An addition to the Monroes Doctrine
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is published

  • Meat Inspection Act

    Law that makes it illegal to adulterate or misbrand meat
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    Regulation of the preparation of foods and the sale of medicines
  • Federal Reserve Act

    Established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
  • NAACP is founded

  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Taft's policy of paying for peace in America
  • 16th Amendment

    Established the federal income tax
  • 17th Amendment

    Direct election of US senators
  • Federal Reserve Act

    Established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, starting World War 1

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    World War 1

  • Sinking of the Lusitania

  • National Parks System created

  • Zimmerman Telegram intercepted by the British, warned the U.S. of a proposed ally between Mexico and Germany

  • The United States enters WW1 on the Allied side

  • Bolshevik Revolution in Russia begins, causing Russian troops to exit teh war

  • Battle of Argonne Forest, considered the turning point of the war

  • Germany surrenders to the Allied Powers

  • President Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points

    Statement of principles for peace after World War 1, included no colonialism, freedom of the seas, and a League of Nations
  • Treaty of Versailles

    The peace treaty that ended World War 1, required Germany to accept full blame and pay war reparations as well as demilitarize.
  • 18th Amendment

    Prohibition is enacted and alcohol is illegal
  • 19th Amendment

    Women are given the right to vote
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    Roaring Twenties

  • American Indian Citizenship Act

    Granted citizenship to ay Native Americans born within the United States
  • Stock Market Crash

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    Great Depression

  • Dust Bowl

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt elected

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established

  • 20th Amendment

    Adjusted the dates of the presidential terms
  • 21st Amendment

    Repeals the 18th Amendment and prohibition ends
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations (FDIC) established

  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) established

  • Works Progress Administration (WPA) established

  • Social Security Act

    Established the Social Security Administration, which provides unemployment insurance, aid to the disabled, old-age pensions, and insurance for families
  • Adolf Hitler invades Poland, starting WW2

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    World War 2

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • Battle of Midway

  • Bataan Death March

  • Executive Order 9066

    Incarceration of Japanese Americans for the duration of WW2
  • "D-Day" - Invasion of Normandy

  • G.I. Bill

    Gives military veterans financial and educational benifits
  • United Nations Formed

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    Early Cold War

  • The atomic bomb, "Little Boy" is dropped in Hiroshima, Japan

  • The atomic bomb, "Fat Man" is dropped in Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War 2

  • Truman Doctrine

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

  • Rosenberg's Trials

  • 22nd Amendment

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

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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • Interstate Highway Act

    Authorized the building of a national highway system
  • USSR Launches Sputnik

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Gulf of Tonkin Revolution

    Begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and Medicare Established

  • Tet Offensive

  • Tinker vs. Des Moines

    Defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
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    End of 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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    1990's-21st Century