U.S. History: 1887-2008

Timeline created by Braxton.Ray2
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 & 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

    Andrew Carnegie;he supported workers' rights,destroyed unions,and had the largest fortune in US history
    Philanthropy;the desire to promote the welfare of others,usually by the kind donation of money to good causes
    Monopoly;exclusive control of the supply of or trade in a commodity or service
    Jane Addams;second woman to receive the Peace Prize.She founded the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
    Laissez-Faire;kept the governments from interfering with workings of the free market
  • 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
  • Daws 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
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    outlawed trusts to promote economic fairness
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    The Progressive Era

    Muckrakers;journalists who exposed institutions and leaders as corrupt.
    Initiative, Referendum, Recall;Constitution that allowed for the recall of public officials in 1902,Oregon
    The great migration;movement of 6 million African Americans from the rural Southern U.S to urban Northeast,Midwest and West
    NAACP; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
    Immigration issues(assimilation and nativism);Immigrants were seen differently by natives and were treated differently.
  • Klondike gold rush (Alaska) (1896-1899)

  • 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;American statesman,conservationist,naturalist, historian,and writer,was the 26th president
    Rough Riders;regiment of volunteers used during the spanish-american war, only ones to see combat.
    Foreign policy;a states objective relations to another state
    immigration quotas;The number of visas to immigrants a country can have per year.
    Yellow journalism;journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration
  • open door policy

    initiated free trade with China
  • Panama Canal Built

  • Roosevelt corollary

    an addition to the Monroe 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
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    regulation of the preparation of foods and the sale of medicines
  • NAACP Founded

  • Dollar Diplomacy

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

    established the federal income tax
  • 17th Amendment

    direct election of U.S. Senators
  • Federal Reserve Act

    established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
  • Panama Canal Built

  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, starting World War I

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    World War 1

    Alvin York;Killed over 20 german soldiers and captures 132 near the Argonne Forest in france.Earned medal of honor
    Homefront;people who work while soldiers are fighting in a war in a foreign country
    M.A.I.N;Militarism,Alliances,Imperialism,Nationalism,Assassination.Four long,one short term causes of WWI
    Sussex Pledge;Government agreeing to warn before sinking merchant and passenger ships and providing safety for them
    American Expeditionary Forces;formation of U.S army on western front of WWI
  • 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 WWI on the Allied side

  • Bolshevik Revolution in Russia begins, causing Russian troops to exit the 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 I, included no colonialism, freedom of the seas, and a League of Nations
  • 18th Amendment

    prohibition is enacted and alcohol is illegal
  • Treaty of Versailles

    peace treaty that ended World War I, required Germany to accept full blame and pay war reparations as well as demilitarize
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    Roaring Twenties

    Social Darwinism;A theory that individuals,groups,and people are apart of the same darwin laws like plants and animals
    The Red Scare;People perceived and in hysteria by threats posed by communist during the cold war
    Assembly Line;series of workers/machines in a factory making lots of copies of items
    Return to Normalcy;Harding nominated as presidential candidate,rejected the activism of roosevelt and idealism of wilson
    Harlem Renaissance;The development of harlem as a black cultural mecca
  • 19th amendment

    women are given the right to vote
  • Teapot Dome Scandal uncovered by the Wall Street Journal

  • American Indian Citizenship Act

    granted citizenship to any Native Americans born within the United States
  • Scopes Monkey Trial

  • Charles Lindbergh makes history by making a nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris

  • Stock market crash

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    Great Depression

    Hoovervilles;A shanty town built by homeless
    The New Deal;series of programs,public work projects,financial reforms,and regulations by roosevelt
    Causes of the Great Depression;Roaring 20s,Global crisis,Stock Market crash,Dust bowl,Smoot-Hawley Tariff act
    Court Packing;The changing of the amount of judges on a court
    Eleanor Roosevelt;First lady of the united states
  • Dust Bowl

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt elected

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) established

  • 20th amendment

    adjusted the dates of the presidential terms
  • 21st amendment

    repeals the 18th Amendment and prohibition ends
  • 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 WWII

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    World War 2

    Island hopping;Targeted islands to capture
    Liberation of Concentration Camps;Soviets overran german camps
    Dwight Eisenhower;34th president
    Douglas MacArthur;A U.S 5 star general
    Chester Nimitz;Was a major role in naval history in WW2
    Navajo Code Talkers;Men who created an unknown code in WW2
    Tuskegee Airmen;1st Black aviators in the U.S. Army Air
    Flying Tigers; First AVG of the China Air Force
    Manhattan Project;Research project made the first atomic bombs
    Rosie the Riveter;working women icon
  • attack on pearl harbor

  • Battle of Midway

  • Bataan Death March

  • Executive Order 9066

    incarceration of Japanese Americans for the duration of WWII
  • “D-Day” - Invasion of Normandy

  • G.I. Bill

    gives military veterans financial and educational benefits
  • The atomic bomb, “Little Boy” is dropped in Hiroshima, Japan (August 6)

  • The atomic bomb, “Fat Man” is dropped in Nagasaki, Japan, ending World War II (August 9)

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment;keeping something within limits
    Space Race;The USSR and US racing to achieve first in spaceflight capability
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republicans;USSR,was a federal socialist state
    Communism;public controlled businesses
    Domino Theory;Theory of political events in a country will affect neighboring countries
  • 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

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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • 1950-1953: Korean War

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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

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    End of the Cold War

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    1990s - 21st Century