US History: 1887-2008

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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

    1- Containment: The prevention of the spread of communism.
    2- Arms Race/Space Race: The competition for technological supremacy between the US and the USSR, along with their allies.
    3- The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics: A federal socialist one party state that had a bunch of territories around Europe and Western Asia.
    4- Communism: Complete government control of economic ownership.
    5- Domino Theory: A political event in one country will cause similar events in the countries around it.
  • 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

  • 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

  • Rosenbergs trial

  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

  • 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

  • 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

    Abolished the poll tax that people once needed in order to vote
  • 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

  • First Man on the Moon

  • Civil Rights Act of 1968

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

    Defined and established the First Amendment rights for students in United States Public Schools.
  • Kent State University shooting

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    End of the Cold War

  • 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, mark the end of the Vietnam War

  • Camp David Accords

  • Iran Hostage Crisis 1979-1981

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Contra Affair 1985-1987

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    1990s-21st Century

  • Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

  • 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