U.S. History: 1887-2008

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In History
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    Early American History

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

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    The Gilded Age

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    The Progressive Era

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    World War I

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

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    World War II

  • United Nations formed

    an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international cooperation, and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations.
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    Early Cold War

  • 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

    the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city.
  • Marshall Plan

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

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization,an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.
  • Korean War

    a war between North Korea and South Korea.
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenbergs trial

    Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg were American citizens who were convicted of spying on behalf of the Soviet Union.
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

    Ivy Mike was the codename given to the first full-scale test of a thermonuclear device, in which part of the explosive yield comes from nuclear fusion.
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

    American medical researcher Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.
  • USSR launches Sputnik

    On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik I.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuba, just 90 miles from U.S. shores. ... Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove U.S. missiles from Turkey.
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

    Medicaid was signed into law in 1965 alongside Medicare. All states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories have Medicaid programs designed to provide health coverage for low-income people.
  • Tet Offensive

    A coordinated series of North Vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. The offensive was an attempt to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its involvement in the Vietnam War.
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    End of the Cold War

    Containment-a US policy using strategies to prevent the spread of communism
    Arms Race/Space Race-USSR and US to achieve firsts in spaceflight capability and nuclear arms race
    The USSR-former communist country in eastern Europe and northern Asia; included Russia and 14 other soviet socialist republics
    Communism-a belief that private property should be replaced by community ownership.
    Domino Theory-a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries
  • Pentagon Papers leaked

    The Pentagon Papers study was ordered by Robert McNamara, the U.S. The Pentagon papers revealed that 4 successive presidents had essentially lied about America's involvement in Vietnam.
  • 26th Amendment

    moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old.
  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

    On April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese troops entered Saigon as the last Americans evacuated the city. The surrender of South Vietnam ended the decades-long war and signaled the reunification of North and South Vietnam. The country had been divided in 1954.
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    1990s-21st Century