US History 1877-2008

Timeline created by savannahfleck
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    Early American History

    -Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement.
    -Declaration of Independence on July 4th
    -Constitution written in 1787
    -Louisiana purchase in 1803
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    Civil War / Reconstruction

    Three major issues: restoration of the Union, transformation of the southern society, and the enactment of progressive legislation , favoring the rights of freed slaves.
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    The Gilded Age

    Period of economic growth as the United States jumped to the lead in industrialization. Nation was rapidly expanding its economy into new areas.
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    The Progressive Era

    Period of widespread social activism as well as political reform. Mainly to address problems like industrialization, urbanization, immigration and political corruption.
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    State policy, practice or advocacy of extending power. Especially by direct territorial acquisition or gaining political and or economic control over people and places.
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    World War I

    -12 million letters delivered to the frontline weekly
    -WW1 journalists risked their lives to report
    -Plastic surgery was invented because of WW1
    -The youngest British soldier was only 12
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    Roaring Twenties

    Surging economy created an era of mass consumerism. Jazz-Age flappers flouted Prohibition laws. This era was mainly defined by its arts and culture.
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    Great Depression

    -Stock Market lost almost 90% of its value
    -Average family income dropped by 40%
    -Around 11,000 banks failed during the Great Depression
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    World War II

    -First German serviceman killed in the war was by Japanese
    -Over 100,000 Allied bomber crewmen killed over Europe
    -First American serviceman killed by the Russians
    -More US Air Corps died than Marine Corps
  • United Nations Formed

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    Early Cold War

    -Conflict Belligerents: US and the Soviet Union
    -Winner was the United States
    -382 Americans died during Cold War
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    Early Cold War

    Containment - stopping communism spread
    Arms Race/Space Race - competition to achieve firsts in spaceflight
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - federal socialist state
    Communism - major means of production owned by public
    Domino Theory - an event in one country will effect other countries
  • Truman Doctrine

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

  • Marshall Plan

    program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • NATO Established

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    Civil Rights Era

    A decades long struggle by African Americans along with their like-minded allies. Their goal was to end institutionalized racial discrimination.
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    Korean War

  • Rosenbergs Trial

  • 22nd Amendment

    prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

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    Vietnam War

    -US got involved in Vietnam in 1954
    -US and South Vietnamese presidents were shot in 1963
    -The US didn't lose the war on ground
  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • USSR launches Sputnik

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    End of Cold War

    In 1991 the Soviet Union itself dissolved into its component republics. The Iron Curtain was lifted and the Cold War came to an end.
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    1990s-21st Century

    A lot of urbanization, evolution in products, technology advancements and many more positive changes were taking place and still are today.