US History 1877-2006

Timeline created by Grace Stewart
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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    Imperialism

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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 Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

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    Containment

    United States policy using numerous strategies to prevent the spread of communism. A component of the Cold War, this policy was a response to a series of moves by the Soviet Union to enlarge its communist sphere of influence.
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    Arms Race/Space Race

    informal 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), to achieve firsts in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ballistic missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II.
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    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

    In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan, and Armenian republics).
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    Communism

    A political and economic system that seeks to create a classless society in which the major means of production, such as mines and factories, are owned and controlled by the public.
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    Domino Theory

    A Cold War policy that suggested a communist government in one nation would quickly lead to communist takeovers in neighboring states, each falling like a perfectly aligned row of dominos.
  • Truman Doctrine

    PASSED: 1947
    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • 22nd Amendment

    RATIFIED: 1947
    Prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again.
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

    PASSED: 1948
    program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • NATO established

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    Civil Rights Era

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    Korean War

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the US

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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    The U.S. stops the Soviets from using nuclear weapons on Cuba.
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Begins undeclared war in Vietnam
  • Medicare and medicaid established

  • Tet Offensive

  • Tinker v. Des Moins

    Settled: February 24, 1969
    defined the 1st Amendment rights for students in the U.S. Public Schools.
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    End of Cold War

  • Pentagon papers leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Ratified: March 3, 1971
    : moved the voting age from 21 y/o to 18 y/o
  • 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

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    1990s-21st Century