U.S. History: 1887-2008

Timeline created by JROb44
In History
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    Early American History (1776-1860)

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    Civil War/Reconstruction (1860-1877)

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    The Gilded Age (1877-1900)

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    The Progressive Era (1890-1920)

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    Imperialism (1898-1910)

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    World War I (1914-1918)

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    Roaring Twenties (1920-1929)

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    Great Depression (1929-1939)

  • Neutrality Acts

    Outlawed arms sales and loans to nations at war
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    World War II (1939-1945)

  • Lend-Lease Act

    The U.S. will now lead war supplies to Allies
  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War (1945-1960)

    1.containment- is a geopolitical strategic foreign policy pursued by the United States.
    2.Arms Race- occurs when two or more nations compete in increases in military personnel.
    3.The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics-officially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
    4.Communism-a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society.
    5.Domino Theory-the theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in 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

  • Korean War

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    Civil Rights Era (1950-1970)

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

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    Vietnam War (1954-1976)

    1.Vietnamization:the US policy of withdrawing its troops and transferring the responsibility.
    2.Anti-War Movement: is a social movement
    3.Cuban Missile Crisis:A confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 over the presence of missile sites in Cuba.
    4.Credibility Gap:a lack of popular confidence in the truth of the claims or public statements made by the federal government
    5.Roy Benavidez: United States Army master sergeant who received the Medal of Honor.
  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • Yates vs. United States

    First Amendment protected radical and revolutionary speech, even by Communists unless it was a clear and present danger to the safety of the country
  • Mapp vs. Ohio

    illegally seized evidence cannot be used in court against the accused
  • Baker vs. Carr

    Court established the principle of "one man, one vote," meaning that election districts would have to be redrawn to provide equal representation for all a state's citizens.
  • Engel vs. Vitale

    State laws requiring prayers and Bible readings in public schools violated the First Amendment.
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    A period in 1962 in which the Soviet Union had placed nuclear missiles in Cuba to annoy and scare the United States.
  • Gideon vs Wainwright

    required state courts provide counsel for indigent defendants
  • Escobedo vs. Illinois

    Required the police to inform an arrested person of his or her right to remain silent
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Griswold vs. Conneticut

    citing the right to privacy, a state could not prohibit the use of contraceptives by adults(laid the foundation for later cases on abortion)
  • Medicare and Medicaid established

    Authorized by Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 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
  • Miranda vs. Arizona(

    Extended Escobedo ruling to include the right to a lawyer being present during questioning by police.
  • Tet Offensive

    The Tet Offensive was 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.
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
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    End of the Cold War (1970-1991)

  • Pentagon Papers leaked

    The Pentagon Papers, officially titled "Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force", was commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. In June of 1971, small portions of the report were leaked to the press and widely distributed.
  • 26 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 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 (1990-2008)