U.S. History 1887-2008

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    Early American History

    Pilgrims coming to the new land
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    Civil War/ Reconstruction

    forming of the confederate states, Emancipation Proclamation, the battle of Gettysburg, the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
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    The Gilded Age

    transcontinental railroad, robber barons, the industrial revolution, gilded age homes, muckrakers, labor unions rise, railroad strikes
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    The Progressive Era

    the homestead act of 1862, Pendelton act, the socialist party of America, the Jungle, Meat Inspection Act of 1906, Teddy Roosevelt as President
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    World War 1

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

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    World War 2

  • United States Formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment- stop the spread of communism
    Arms Race/ Space Race- comp between the USSR and US about who could get to space first, and who had the biggest nukes
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics- consisted of Russia and 14 more countries that focused on communism
    Communism- total control, absence of social classes
    Domino Theory- if one country fell to communism, then the surrounding would also fall to communism.
  • 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 2
  • 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

  • Rosenbergs Trial

  • Frist H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation
  • Hernandez v. 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

  • USSR Launches Sputnik

  • Little Rock Nine integrated into an all-white school in Little Rock, AK

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

  • Berlin Wall built to prevent people from leaving communist East Berlin

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech" at the March on Washington

  • John F. Kennedy is 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

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Eliminated literacy tests for voters
  • Tet Offensive

  • Martin Luther Kind is assassinated

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

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

  • Tinker v. 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 Released

  • 26th Amendment

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

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

    Law limited the president's right to send troops to battle without congressional approval
  • Watergate Scandal, which leads to Nixonś Resignation

  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the vietnam war

  • Camp David Accords

  • Iran Hostage Crisis Beginning

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Hostage Crisis Ending

  • Iran Contra Affair Begins

  • Iran Contra Affair Ends

  • Persian Gulf War Begins

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    1990s - 21st Century

    Big Five-
    -Barack Obama
    -No Child Left Behind
    -President Clinton's Impeachment
    -Presidential Election of 2000
  • Persian Gulf War Ends

  • Fall of the USSR - Official end of the Cold War

  • NAFTA created free trade between Mexico, the United States, and Canada

  • Attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon


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