US History 1887-2008

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    Early American History

  • Declaration of Independence signed

  • Constitution written

  • Bill of Rights ratified

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    Civil War/ Reconstruction

  • Homestead Act (1862)

    provided 160 acres to anyone willing to settle on land in the west
  • 13th Amendment

    abolished slavery
  • 14th Amendment

    citizenship & due process
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

  • 15th Amendment

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

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    The Gilded Age

    Rockefeller/Carnegie (Captains of Industry vs. Robber Barons) -
    Jane Addams-
  • 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.
  • 1889: Hull House

    Hull House founded, first of many settlement houses
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    The Progressive Era

    Initiative, Referendum, Recall
    The Great Migration
    Immigration Issues (Assimilation and Nativism)
  • Sherman Antitrust Act

    outlawed business monopolies
  • Sherman Anti-Trust Act

    outlawed trusts to promote economic fairness
  • Klondike Gold Rush (Alaska)

    The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon
  • Plessy v. Ferguson

    legalized segregation, established “separate but equal”
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    Theodore Roosevelt
    Rough Riders
    Foreign Policy
    Immigration Quotas
    Yellow Journalism
  • 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
  • 17th Amendment

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

    established the Federal Reserve, which helped stabilize the banking industry
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    World War I

  • 1916: National Parks System created

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    Roaring Twenties

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    Great Depression

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    World War II

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    Early Cold War

    Containment- the action or policy of preventing the expansion of a hostile country or influence.
    Arms Race/Space Race- race to the moon and have the most improved weapons
    The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics- alliance
    Communism- society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities
    Domino Theory- the theory that a political event in one country will cause similar events in neighboring countries,
  • 1945: United Nations formed

    United Nations formed, the United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that aims to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations,
  • Truman Doctrine

    U.S. policy that gave military and economic aid to countries threatened by communism
  • 22nd Amendment

    : prohibits anyone who has been elected president twice from being elected again
  • Marshall Plan

    Program to help European countries rebuild after World War II
  • 1948: Berlin Airlift

    Soviet forces blockaded all road, rail and water routes into Berlin's Allied-controlled areas, stifling the vital flow of food, coal and other supplies
  • 1949: NATO established

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 European and North American countries.
  • 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

  • Korean War

    The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea
  • Rosenbergs trial

    Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg were American citizens who were convicted of spying on behalf of the Soviet Union
  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka:

    overturned Plessy v. Ferguson and mandated desegregation
  • First H-Bomb detonated by the United States

    the U.S. detonated the first hydrogen bomb, resulting in the first successful full-scale thermonuclear weapon explosion.
  • 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

  • Jonas Salk invents the Polio Vaccine

    Dr. Jonas Salk announces on a national radio show that he has successfully tested a vaccine against poliomyelitis, the virus that causes the crippling disease of polio.
  • Little Rock Nine integrated into an all-white school in Little Rock, AK

  • USSR launches Sputnik

    the Soviet Union launched the earth's first artificial satellite, Sputnik I.
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion in Cuba

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

  • Vietnam War

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • 24th Amendment:

    Abolishes the poll tax
  • 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
  • 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

  • Title IX

    protects people from discrimination based on gender in education programs
  • Tinker v. Des Moines:

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

  • End of the Cold War

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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
  • 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

  • Three Mile Island Disaster

  • Iran Contra Affair

  • al-Qaeda

  • Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm)

  • 1990s-21st Century

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    1990's-21st Century

  • Fall of the USSR - Official end of the Cold War

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

  • President Clinton’s Impeachment

  • Presidential Election of 2000

  • No Child Left Behind

  • Attack on World Trade Center and Pentagon


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

  • Barack Obama

    Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017.