U.S. History: 1887-2008

Timeline created by ahn.tran
In History
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    Early American History

  • Declaration of Independence

  • 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

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    Prohibited immigration of skilled or unskilled Chinese laborers, first U.S 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 Anti-Trust Act

    Outlawed trusts to promote economy fairness
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    The Progressive Era

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Legalized segregation established "separate but equal"
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    Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • 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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  • Open Door Policy

    Initiated free trade with China
  • Roosevelt Corollary

    An addition to the Monroe Doctrine
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    Panama Canal Built

  • 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
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is published

  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Taft's policy of paying for peace in Latin America
  • NAACP Founded

  • 16th Amendment

    Established the federal income tax
  • 17th Amendment

    Direct election of U.S Senators
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, started World War I

  • Federal Reserve Act

    Established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
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    World War |

  • Sinking of the Lusitania

  • National Parks System created

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

  • The United States enters World War II on the Allied side

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

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

  • Germany surrenders to the Allied Powers

  • 18th Amendment

    Prohibition is enacted and alcohol is illegal
  • 19th Amendment

    Women are given the right to vote
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Peace treaty that ended World War I, required Germany to accept full blame and pay war reparations as well as demilitarize
  • Communism

    An economic and political system based on one party government and state owner ship of property.
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    Roaring Twenties

  • Teapot Dome Scandal uncovered by the Wall Street Journal

  • The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    The individual pieces that formed the USSR, a manifestation of the idea of world revolution that would allow new nationalities to form these and join.
  • 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

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    Dust Bowl

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt elected

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established

  • 20th Amendment

    Adjusted the dates of the presidential terms
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) established

  • 21st Amendment

    Repeals the 18th Amendment and prohibition ends
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) established

  • Social Security Act

    Established the Social Security Administration, which provides unemployment insurance, aid to the disabled, old age pensions, and insurance for families.
  • Works Progress Administration (WPA) established

  • Adolf Hitler invades Poland, starting World War II

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    World War ||

  • Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • Executive Order

    Incarceration of Japanese Americans for the duration of World War II
  • Battle of Midway

  • Bataan Death March

  • G.I Bill

    Gives military veterans financial and educational benefits.
  • "D-Day" - Invasion of Normandy

  • United Nations formed

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

  • The atomic bomb, "Fat Man" is dropped in Nagasaki, Japan

    Ending World War II (August 9)
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    Early Cold War

  • Truman Doctrine

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

    Containment was a foreign policy strategy followed by the United States during the Cold War.
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

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

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    Civil Rights Era

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    Korean War

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    Domino Theory

    A foreign policy during the 1950s to 1980s that states if one land in a region came under the influence of communism, then surrounding countries would follow.
  • Rosenbergs trial

  • 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

  • Arms Race/Space Race

    The Soviet's launch of the first Sputnik satellite, stunned and concerned the United States and the rest of the world, as it took the Cold War arms race soon became the Space Race.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • 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 student 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 Vietnam War

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    1990s - 21st Century