US History 1877 - 2008

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In History
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    Early American History

  • Declaration of Independence signed

  • 22nd Amendment

    prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • 13th Amendment

    abolished slavery
  • 14th Amendment

    citizenship & due process.
  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Cilvil War/Reconstruction

  • Homestead Act

    provided 160 acres to anyone willing to settle on land in the west.
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • 15th Amendment

    voting for all male citizens.
  • Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

  • Chinese Exclusion Act

    prohibited immigration of skilled or unskilled Chinese laborers, first US national immigration act.
  • Pendleton Civil Service Act

    awarded government jobs based on merit.
  • Interstate Commerce Act

    ensure railroad set “reasonable and just” rate and the first time government stepped in to regulate business.
  • Dawes Act

    gave individual ownership of land to native americans instead of the tribe owning things collectively.
  • Hull House founded, first of many settlement houses

  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    outlawed business monopolies.
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    outlawed trusts to promote economic fairness.
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    The Progressive Era

  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    legalized segregation, established “separate but equal”.
  • Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

  • 1898

    USS Maine explodes off the coast of Cuba, starting the Spanish American War.
  • 1898

    Hawaii is annexed as a territory of the United States.
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  • Open Door Policy

    initiated free trade with China.
  • 1904

    Panama Canal Built.
  • Roosevelt Corollary

    an addition to the Monroe Doctrine.
  • 1906

    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair is published.
  • Meat Inspection Act

    law that makes it illegal to adulterate or misbrand meat.
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

    regulation of the preparation of foods and the sale of medicines.
  • 1909

    NAACP Founded.
  • 16th Amendment

    established the federal income tax
  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Taft’s policy of paying for peace in Latin America.
  • 19th Amendment

    women are given the right to vote.
  • 17th Amendment

    direct election of U.S. Senators.
  • Federal Reserve Act

    established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry.
  • 1914

    Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated, starting World War I.
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    World War 1

  • 1915

    Sinking of the Lusitania
  • 1916

    National Parks System created.
  • 1917

    Zimmerman Telegram intercepted by the British, warned the U.S.
  • 1917

    The United States enters WWI on the Allied side.
  • 1917

    Bolshevik Revolution in Russia begins, causing Russian troops to exit the war.
  • 1918

    Battle of Argonne Forest, considered the turning point of the war.
  • 1918

    Germany surrenders to the Allied Powers.
  • President Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points

    statement of principles for peace after World War I, included no colonialism, freedom of the seas, and a League of Nations.
  • Treaty of Versailles

    peace treaty that ended World War I, required Germany to accept full blame and pay war reparations as well as demilitarize.
  • 18th Amendment

    prohibition is enacted and alcohol is illegal.
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    Roaring Twenties

  • 1922

    Teapot Dome Scandal uncovered by the Wall Street Journal.
  • American Indian Citizenship Act

    Granted citizenship to any Native Americans born within the United States.
  • 1925

    Scopes Monkey Trial.
  • 1927

    Charles Lindbergh makes history by making a nonstop solo flight from New York to Paris.
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    Great Depression

  • 20th Amendment

    adjusted the dates of the presidential terms.
  • 21st Amendment

    repeals the 18th Amendment and prohibition ends.
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    World War 11

  • 1945: United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment: stopping the spread of communism
    Arms Race/Space Race:
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    Domino Theory
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • 1948: Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

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

  • Korean War

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    Cilvil Rights Era

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    Vietnam War

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    End of the Cold War

  • Constitution Written

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    1990s-21st Century