US History: 1877-2008

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    Early American History

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    Civil War/Reconstuction

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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

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    World War II

  • United Nations Formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment - The policy of holding back Communism |
    Arms/Space Race - The evolution of weapons as each side got stronger weapons |
    The Union of Soviet Socialists Republics - The USSR |
    Communism - A Political ideal where the gov't owns the businesses and you get paid for what you need. |
    Domino Theory - An event in one country, nearby countries will have similar events.
  • 22nd Ammendment

    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

  • Marshall Plan

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

  • Korean War

  • Sweatt v. Painter

    Ruled the separate law school at the University of Texas failed to qualify as “separate but equal”
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    Civil Rights Era

  • Rosenberg Trials

  • First H-Bomb Detonated by the United States

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation
  • Hernandez v. Texas

    Mexican Americans and all other races provided equal protection under the 14th Amendment
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    Vietnam War

  • Jonas Salk Invents the Polio Vaccine

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks’ arrest

  • USSR Launches Sputnik

  • Little Rock Nine integrated into an all-white school in Little Rock, AK

  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

  • Berlin Wall built to prevent people from leaving communist East Berlin

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” at the March on Washington

  • John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, TX

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

    Begins undeclared war in Vietnam.
  • 24th Ammendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Civil Rights Act of 1964

    Made discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin in public places illegal and required employers to hire on an equal opportunity basis
  • Medicare and Medicaid Established

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    Eliminated literacy tests for voters
  • Tet Offensive

  • Martin Luther King is assassinated

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

    Prohibited discrimination in the sale or rental of housing
  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    The students won the case with a 7-2 decision in their favor.
  • First Man on the Moon

  • Kent State University Shooting

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    End of Cold War

  • Pentagon Papers Leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    Moved the voting age from 21 to 18.
  • Title IX

    Protects people from discrimination based on gender in education programs
  • War Powers Act

    Law limited the President’s right to send troops to battle without Congressional approval.
  • Watergate Scandal, which leads to Nixon’s Resignation

  • Fall of Saigan, Marks the end of the Vietnam war.

  • Camp David Accords

  • Iran Hostage Crisis

    Lasted till 1981
  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Contra Affair

    Lasted till 1987
  • Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

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    1990s-21st Century

    Barack Obama
    No Child Left Behind
    President Clinton’s Impeachment
    Presidential Election of 2000
  • Fall of the USSR - Official end of the Cold War

  • NAFTA created free trade between Mexico, the United States, and Canada

  • Attack on World Trade Center and Pentagon


    Tightened the national security, particularly as it was related to foreign terrorism
  • Hurricane Katrina