U.S. History 1887 - 2008

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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 and due process
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • 15th Amendment

    Voting for all male citizens
  • Telephone Invented

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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 the 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

  • Sherman Anti-trust Act

    Outlawed trusts to promote economic fairness.
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    The Progressive Era

  • Klondike Gold Rush

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Legalized segregation, and established "separate but equal".
  • USS Maine Explodes

  • Hawaii is Annexed

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  • Open Door Policy

    Initiated free trade with China.
  • Panama Canal Built

  • Roosevelt Corollary

    An addition tot he Monroe Doctrine.
  • The Jungle 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.
  • NAACP Founded

  • Dollar Diplomacy

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

    Established federal income tax
  • 17th Amnedment

    Direct election of U.S. senators
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassination

  • Federal Reserve Act

    Established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry.
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    World War 1

  • Sinking of Lusitania

  • National Parks System Created

  • Zimmerman Telegram

  • United States enters WWI

  • Bolshevik Revolution

  • Battle of the Argonne Forrest

  • Germany Surrenders

  • Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points

    Statement of principles after WW1, included no colonialism, freedom of the seas, and a League of Nations.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    Peace treaty that ended WWI, required Germany to accept full blame and pay for the war reparations' as well as to demilitarize.
  • 18th Amendment

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    Roaring Twenties

  • 19th Amendmemt

    Woman's right to vote
  • Teapot Dome Scandle

  • American Indian Citizenship Act

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

  • Lindbergh Makes First Solo Atlantic Flight

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    Great Depression

  • Black Tuesday (Market Crash)

  • Dust Bowl

  • FDR Elected

  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Established

  • 20th Amendment

    Adjusted the dates of the presidential terms
  • 21st Amendment

    Repeals the 18th Amendment
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Established

  • Works Progress Admin. Established

  • Social Security Act

    Established the Social Security Admin. which provides unemployment insurance, aid to the disabled, old ae pensions, and insurance for families.
  • Hitler Invades Poland

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    World War II

    1.Island Hopping: US strategy for Japan.
    2.Liberation of Concentration Camps: Freeing of Jews in German camps.
    3.Dwight Eisenhower: US President.
    4.Douglas MacArthur: US General.
    5.Chester W. Nimitz: US Admiral.
    6.Navajo Code Talkers: Native Americans that helped decipher codes for the US during battle.
    7.Tuskegee Airmen: First African American pilot corps.
    8.Flying Tigers: Chinese Volunteer pilot corps.
    9.The Manhattan Project: US nuclear project.
    10.Rosie the Riveter: Homefront War face.
  • Pearl Harbor

  • Midway

  • Bataan Death March

  • Executive Order 9066

    Incarceration of Japanese Americans for the duration of WWII.
  • G.I. Bill

    Gives military veterans financial and educational benefits.
  • D-Day

  • "Little Boy" Dropped in Hiroshima, Japan

  • "Fat Man" Dropped in Nagasaki, Japan

  • UN Formed

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    Early Cold War

  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism.
  • 22nd Amnedment

    Limits amount of presidential terms to two
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshal Plan

    Program to help European countries rebuild after WWII.
  • NATO Established

  • Korean War

  • Sweatt v. Painter

    Ruled the separate law school at the University of Texas failed to qualify as "separate but equal"
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenburg Trials

  • First H-Bomb Detonated by United States

  • Hernandez v. Texas

    Mexican Americans and all other races provided equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
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    Vietnam War

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation.
  • Jonas Salk Invents Polio Vaccine

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Park' arrest

  • Interstate Highway Act

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

  • Little Rock Nine integration to an all white school

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

  • Berlin Wall Built

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • MLK "I Have A Dream"

  • JFK Assassination

  • 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.
  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Medicare and Medicaid Established

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Eliminated literacy tests for voters
  • Tet Offensive

  • MLK Assassination

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    Prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.
  • First Man On Moon

  • Tinker vs. Des Moines

    Defined the first amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools.
  • Kent State University Shooting

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    End of the Cold War

  • Pentagon Papers Leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Moved the voting age from 21 to 18 years old.
  • Title IX

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

    Limited the President's right to send troops to battle without Congressional approval.
  • Watergate Sandal/ Nixon's Resignation

  • Fall of Saigon/ End of War

  • Camp David Accords

  • Iran Hostage Crisis

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Contra Affair

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    1990s-21st Century

  • Persian Gulf War(Desert Strom)

  • Fall of USSR

  • NAFTA Creation

  • 9/11

  • USA Patriot Act

    Tightened the national security, particularly as it was related to foreign terrorism.
  • Huricane Katrina