U.S. History: 1887-2008

Timeline created by Abigail Beaty
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

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    The Big Five

    Rockefeller/Carnegie (Captains of Industry vs. Robber Barons)-Richest man in America, responsible for the death of Carnegie's prodigy
    Philanthropy-Desire to promote the welfare of others
    Monopoly- companies coming together and knocking out competition
    Jane Addams-American settlement activists
    Laissez-Faire- policier of letting things take their course
  • 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

  • Hull House founded, first many settlement houses

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    The Progressive Era

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    Outlawed business monopolies
  • Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    Legalized segregation established ¨separate but equal¨
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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

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    Early Cold War

    Containment-US policy to try to prevent the spread of Communism
    Arms Race/Space Race-A race to get to space first between the US and USSR
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republicans-A federation of soviet republicans that were outwardly independent nations
    Communism-A government society where everything is shared equally
    Domino Theory-A theory that one communist government in one nation would lead to communist takeovers in neighboring states, each falling like a perfectly aligned row of dominoes
  • 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

  • Rosenberg's trial

  • First H-bomb detonated by the United States

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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • 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 students in the United States Public Schools
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    End of the Cold War

  • Pentagon Paper leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Moved voting age from 21 to 18 years old
  • Wars Powers Act

    Law limited the Presidents right to send troops to battle without congressional approval
  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

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    1990s-21st century