US History 1887-2008

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    Early American History

    bill of rights
  • Constitution Written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Civil War/Reconstruction

    13th and 14th amendments
  • 13th Amendment

    abolished slavery
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • Telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell

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    The Gilded Age

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    The Progressive Era

    16th, 17th, 18th, 19th amendments
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    World War I

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

    new deal
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    World War II

  • United Nations formed

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    Early Cold War

    Containment- to stop the spread of communism
    Arms Race/Space Race- the race to build better and bigger weapons as well as racing to space. This was between the US and Soviet Union
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics- Russia and all the countries around it
    Communism- advocates class war and all property is publicly owned and everybody works
    Domino Theory- a political event that happens in one country will also bring down the countries around it
  • 22nd Amendment

    This was created to keep abuse of power in check. Two years after Roosevelt died, they passed this amendment to limit presidency to only two terms.
  • Truman Doctrine

    The policy in the US that any country threatened with communism will have military and economical aid.
  • Berlin Airlift

  • Marshall Plan

    This was the program that helped European countries rebuild after World War II.
  • NATO established

  • 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

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    Korean War

  • Rosenberg's Trial

  • 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 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 Berline

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • 24th Amendment

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • Martin Luther Kings "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
  • Civil Right Act of 1964

    Made discrimination based on race, religion, or nation 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 vs. 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

  • 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 Nixons Resignation

  • Fall of Saigon, marks the end of Vietnam War

  • Camp David Accords

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

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    Iran Hostage Crisis

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    Iran Contra Affair

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    1990s-21st Century

    Barack Obama: 44th President of the US from 2009-2017
    al-Qaeda: terrorist group involved in 9/11
    No Child Left Behind: gives every student a fair and equal chance for higher education
    President Clintons Impeachment: perjury to a grand jury and obstruction of justice
    Presidential Election of 2000: one of the closest elections in history; Bush won
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    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