U.S. History: 1877-2008

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    Early American History

  • Declaration of independence is signed

  • Constitution is 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

    Citizen and due process
  • Transcontinental railroad completed

  • Plessy vs Fergunson

    Legalized segregation, established "separate but equal"
  • 15th Amendment

    Voting rights for all male citizens
  • Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

    -Rockefeller/Carnegie (Captains of industry vs robber barons)
    -Jane Addams
  • 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 business monopolies
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    The Progressive Era

  • Klondike Gold rush

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    World War 1

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    Roaring 20's

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    Great Depression

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    World War 2

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    -Arms Race/ Space Race
    -The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    -Domino Theory
  • 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.
  • 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 II.
  • NATO established

  • Korean War

  • Sweatt vs Painter

    ruled the separate law school at the university of texas failed to qualify as separate but equal
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    Civil Right Era

  • Rosenbergs Trial

  • First H-bomb detonated by US

  • Brown vs Board of education of Topeka

    overturned plessy vs ferguson and and mandated desegregation
  • Hernandez vs Texas

    Mexican americans and all other races provided equal protection under the 14th amendment
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio vaccine

  • Montgomery bus boycott

    After Rosa Parks arrest there was a boycott on public buses
  • USSR launches sputnick

  • Little rock nine integrated into an all-white school in little rock

  • Bay of pigs invasion in cuba

  • Berlin wall built to prevent people from leaving communist east berlin

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Nuclear weapons from soviets in Cuba
  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Martin luther kings "I have a dream" speech at the march on washington

  • John F kennedy's assassinated in Dallas TX

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Begins undeclared war in vietnam
  • 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

    Healthcare insurance
  • Voting rights act of 1965

    Eliminated literacy test for voters
  • Tet Offensive

    One of the largest military compaigns
  • Martin luther king is assassinated

  • Civil rights act of 1968

    prohibited discrimination the sale or renting of houses
  • Tinker vs Des Moines

    Defined the first amendment rights for students in the United States public schools.
  • First man on the moon

  • Kent State University

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    End of Cold War

  • Pentagon Paper Leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Moved the voting age from 21 to 18
  • Title IX

    protects people from discrimination based on gender in education programs
  • War Powers Act

    law limited the President's rights to send troops to battle without Congressional approval
  • Watergate scandal, which leads to Nixons resignation

  • Fall of Saigon, Marks The End of Vietnam War

    Caused the end of the war
  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iron Hostage Crisis

  • Iran Contra Affair

  • Camp David Accords

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    1990's-21st Century

    -Barack Obama
    -No child left behind
    -President Clintons impeachment
    -Presidential election of 2000
  • Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

  • Fall Of The USSR - Official End To Cold War

  • NAFTA Created Free Trade Between Mexico, US, and Canada

  • Attack On World Trade Center


    TIghtened the national security, particularly as it was related to foreign terrorism
  • Hurricane Katrina