U.S. History Timeline- 1877-Present Day

Timeline created by DebbieRichmond
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

  • Early Cold War-Big 5

    Arms Race/Space Race- Sputnik: First artificial satellite to orbit Earth, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. The U.S. responded by creating NASA and the National Defense Education Act.
  • The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    Consisted of Russia and 14 surrounding countries.
  • Communism

    A political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.
  • United Nations formed

    The United Nations is 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.
  • The USSR

    Russia and 14 countries
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    Early Cold War

  • Arms Race/Space Race

    a competition between nations for superiority in the development and accumulation of weapons-U.S. and Soviet Union
  • Containment

    Keeping something from spreading-Communism
  • 22nd Amendment

    Prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again.
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism.
  • Berlin Airlift

    In response to the Soviet blockade of land routes into West Berlin, the United States begins a massive airlift of food, water, and medicine to the citizens of the besieged city. For nearly a year, supplies from American planes sustained the over 2 million people in West Berlin.
  • Marshall Plan

    Program to help European countries rebuild after WW II
  • NATO Established

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.
  • Domino Theory

    If one country in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect.
  • Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following clashes along the border and insurrections in the south. The war ended unofficially on 27 July 1953 in an armistice.
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenberg's Trial

    Julius Rosenberg was a key Soviet spy who passed along information to the Soviet Union and recruited Manhattan Project spies. He was U.S. citizen and electrical engineer. In 1951, Julius and his wife Ethel were tried and convicted of espionage for providing the Soviet Union with classified information. They were executed in 1953. Their trial remains controversial today.
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the U.S.

    The United States detonates the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific. The test gave the United States a short-lived advantage in the nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union.
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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

    Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. This began the Space Race with the U.S.
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    End of the Cold War

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    1990's-21st Century