US History 1877-2008

Timeline created by alex.barnes
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

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    World War II

  • United Nations Formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment: US policy that attempted to prevent the spread of communism
    Arms Race/Space Race: Competition between the US and the Soviet Union to develop stronger weapons and reach outer space
    The USSR: Union consisting of several socialist nations, including Russia
    Communism: Form of government in which all property is owned by the state and is distrubuted to the people as needed
    Domino Theory: Theory that a political event in one country will lead to similar events in other nearby countries
  • 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

  • Marshall Plan

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

  • Korean War (1950-1953)

  • 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

    Great Society: Series of policies put in place by Lyndon B. Johnson which were meant to improve the quality of life in the US
    Thurgood Marshall: Civil rights activist who served as the Supreme Court's first African American justice
    Black Panthers: Revolutionary group who called for African Americans to fight against oppression
    Civil Disobedience: Peacefully protesting by refusing to comply with certain laws
    Cesar Chavez: Civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association
  • Rosenbergs Trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • Hernandez v. Texas

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

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation
  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • Montgomery Bus Boycott after Rosa Parks' Arrest (1955-1956)

  • 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 Amendment

    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
  • First Man on the Moon

  • Tinker v. Des Moines

    defined the First Amendment rights for students in the United States Public Schools
  • Kent State University shooting

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    End of the Cold War

    OPEC: An organization of 13 countries that exports a large amount of petroleum
    Sandra Day O'Connor: First woman to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court
    Community Reinvestment Act of 1977: Law meant to encourage banks to help meet the needs of lower income communities
    AIDS Epidemic: Deadly outbreak of HIV/AIDS throughout the world
    Star Wars: Proposed missile defense system meant to protect the US from nuclear weapons
  • Pentagon Papers leaked

  • 26th Amendment

    moved the voting age from 21 years old to 18 years old
  • 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 Saigon, marks the end of the Vietnam War

  • Camp David Accords

  • Iran Hostage Crisis (Ended 1981)

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Contra Affair (Ended 1987)

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    1990's - 21st Century