Post WW2

Civil Rights

Committee of Civil Rights

December 5, 1946 - May 17, 1954

bypassed souther democrats whocontrolled key committees in congress, helped black leaders effort to segregate schools, and later ended racial discrimination in federal depatments and the 3 military branches

President Truman established
-to challenge racial discrimination
-to investigate the status of civil rights in the country


March, 1947 - 1948

Truman Doctrine was created was a containment policy after communist uprising in Turkey and the Soviets demand for control in Turkey’s Dardanelles. Truman got congress ‘free people’ in Greece and Turkey with $400 million in economic and military aid.
The Marshall Plan was economic aid to European nations with their economies and strengthen democratic governments. Truman submitted $17 billion recovery program and in 1948 $12 billion disributed to Western countries over 4 years


April 15, 1947 - July 5, 1947

Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with his appearance for the Brooklyn Dodgers
The American League integrated, by signing Larry Doby to the Cleveland Indians.



-group of rebellious writers and intellectuals made up the beat generation of the 1950’s
-led by Jack Kerouac ( On the Road, 1957) and poet Allen Ginsberg (“Howl,” 1956)
-advocated spontaneity,use of drugs, and rebellion against the standards of society
-role models for the youth rebellion of the sixties

Earl Warren Court

1953 - 1969

-Decisions effected the criminal justice system, the political system of the states, and the definition of civil rights
-Most important case involving race relations was Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

1954 - May, 1954

NAACP stated that segregationin public schools was unconstitutional, violating the 14th ammendment. The Supreme Court agreed on Marshalls side overturning the Plessy case and was ended at deliberate speed

Montgomery, AL


Rosa Parks was arrested when she sat in the white section on a public bus and wouldn’t move. Protest among African Americans boycotting riding city buses. Tis was when Martin Luther King Jr. emerged and the Supreme Court ruled segregation laws unconstitutional in 1956



Eisenhower Doctrine, pledging economic and military aid to the Middle East threatened by communism.
Two laws in 1957 and 1960 wer first enacted by congress after Reconstruction


1960 - 1970

-Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
-formed out of the sit-ins in Greebsboro, NC
-African Americans used the sit-in tactic to integrate restaurants, hotels, buildings’ libraries, pools, and transportation throughout the south


1960 - 1961

-civil rights sit-ins begin in Greensboro, NC leading to SNCC
-Eisenhower signed Civil Rights Act of 1960
-Kennedy recieves democratic presidential nomination, Nixon recieves republican nomination
-issues with Russia and U.S. spys
-Kennedy defeats Nixon
-in farewell address Eisenhower warns Amricans of growing military power

Greensboro, NC

February, 1960

college students participated in the sit in movement after being denied service at the segregated Woolworth’s lunch counter. students were arrested when deliberatly sitting in restricted areas. This led to the forming of th Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Mappv. Ohio


ruled that illegally seized evidence cannot be used in court against the accused


October 1, 1962

Ole Miss riot- between southern segregationist civilians and federal and state forces as a result of the forced enrollment of black student James Meredith at the University of Mississippi

Gideon v. Wainwright


required that state courts provide counsel (services of an attorney) for indigent (poor) defendents



Birmingham Campaign- strategic movement organized by SCLC to bring attention to the unequal treatment that black Americans endured in Birmingham, Alabama

Feminine Mystique


book by Betty Friedan, that gave the women's movement a new direction by encouraging middle-class women to seek fulfillmentin proffesional careers rather than confining themselves to the roles of wife, mother, and homemaker

March on Washington

August 1963

Martin uther King Jr. led about 200,000 blacks & whites in the peaceful March on Washington in support of the Civil Rights Bill. He gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, which appealed for the end of racial prejudice.

Escobedo v. Illinois


required the police to inform an arrested person of his or her right to remain silent (Miranda Rights)

24th Ammendment


abolished the practice of collecting a poll tax

Civil Rights Act


mde segregation illegal in all public facilities, including hotels and restaraunts, and gave the federal government additional powers to enforce school desegregation. It also set up the Equal Employment Oppurtunity Commission to end racial discrimination in employment.


1965 - 1968

-Race riots erupted in black neighborhoods of major cities
-Watts riots in LA, California resulted in the deaths of 34 people


February, 1965

Malcom X was an advocate for the rights of blacks
He left Islam and came to the US and founded Muslim Mosque Inc and the Organization of Afro-American Unity
less than a year after leaving the Nation of Islam, he was assassinated by three members of the group

Civil Rights Act of 1965

August 6, 1965

Voting Rights Act
outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S

Miranda v. Arizona


extended the ruling in Escobedo to include the right to a lawyer being present during questioning by the police


June 30,1966

National Organization for Women
-Founded by Betty Friedan
-Adopted the activist tactics of other cicil rights movements for equal treatment of women

Thurgood Marshall

October 2, 1967 - October 1, 1991

1934- Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP
1950- Won Smith vs. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents
1967-Becomes first African American elevated to U.S. Supreme Court


June 5, 1968

Kennedy's younger brother, Robert Kennedy was a senator from NY who ran in the presidential race against McCarthy. He won a major victory in California's primary, but after his victory speech, he was shot & killed by an Arab nationalist who opposed his support for Israel.
Martin Luther King ot in memphis Tennesee April 4, 1968


August 15, 1969 - August 18, 1969

-Gathering of thousands of “hippies” in upstate NY
-Reflected the counterculture of young people in rebellious style of dress, music, and drug use


1972 - June 30, 1982

-Congress proposed equality of rights should not be denied on acount of sex
-Denied because of conservative reaction to radical feminists

Cold War

UN-American Activities Committee (HUAC)


-goal was to find Communists
-investigated gov. officials
-looked for communists in Boy Scouts and the Hollywood film industry
-writers directors and actors were called to testify to the committee and if they refused they were tried for contempt of congress and blacklisted
-American Civil Liberties Union argued that the 1st amendment allowed free expressio of unpopular political views

Atomic Weapons


Soviet Union and US in an arms race to develop superior weapon systems
Soviets tested their first atomic bomb in 1949

Containment Policy


George Keenen
prevent the spread of communism

National Security Act


centralized Department of Defence to coordinate the operations of the Army, Navy, and Air Force
created National Security Counsil
created CIA

Truman Doctrine

March 12, 1947

economic and militairy aid to assist the "free people" of Greece and Turkey

Marshall Plan


$12 billion in aid was distributed to the countries of Western Europe over a 4-yr period
Soviet Union and its satellites were offered aid, but refused

Berlin Airlift


Soviets set up a blockade around Berlin
Truman ordered U.S. planes to fly in supplies for the people of western Berlin

Defensive Policy


deals w/ international security and the military
compromises the measures and initiatives that governments take in relation to decision making and strategic goals



North Atlantic Treaty Organization
military alliance for defending all members from outside attack
Truman selected General Eisenhower as the first Supreme Commander and stationed US troops in Western Europe

Joseph McCarthy

1950 - 1954

-Rep. Senator from Wisconsin
-used growing concerm of communisim for reelection campaign
-in a speech in 1950 said 205 communists in state department
-people were afraid of his accusations
-accusations about communists gov. in media and discredit Truman
-hurt Dem. before election of Eisenhower, who himself would not argue with McCarthy
-televised senate committee hearing on communist in the army made McCarthy look like a bully
-witchhunt for communist died out

Goal: Contain Communism in North Korea

June 25, 1950 - November 1950

-Korea was divided at the 38th parallel
-Soviet occupied north, U.S. occupied south
-Truman applied his contain communism policy
-U.S. was kicked out by China
-In the end the south was not communist and the north was

Rosenburg Case

1951 - 1954

-Soviets tested their first atomic bomb,U.S.was convincced that spies stole our technology
-Klaus Fuchs a British scientist admitted to giving the soviets atomic bomb secrets
-FBI traced another spy ring to Ju;lis and Ethel Rosenberg
-controversial trial, convicted and found guilty of treason, executed
-civil rights questioned trial

Truman vs MacArthur

April 1951

-Truman cautioned MacArthur about making public statements that suggested criticism of U.S. policy
-He spoke out anyway, and Truman recalled MacArthur for insubordination
-Most Americans understood his statement “There is no substitute for victory” better then Trumans concept of limited war



-First artificial Earth satellite
-Launched by Moscow
-Sparked U.S. fears of nuclear war and Soviet dominance in technology and outer space
-Led to the creation of NASA and the space race

U-2 incident


-American U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union
-Exposed a secret U.S. tactic for gaining information
-Worsened East-West relations

Berlin Wall


Bay of Pigs Invasion

April 1961

-CIA-trained force of Cubans failed to set off a general uprising as planned
-Trapped, they surrendered
-Kennedy rejected the idea of using U.S. forces to save them
-Castro used the failed invasion to get even more aid from the Soviet Union and to strengthen his grip on power

Cuban Missile Crisis

October 1962

-US discovered that Russians were building underground sites in Cuba for the launching of offensive missiles that could reach the US in minutes
-A US naval blockade of cuba until the weapons were removed
-Krushchev agreed to remove missiles from cuba after kennedy pledged not to invade the island nation
-Led to the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Tonkin Gulf Resolution

August 7, 1964

-Gave the president a blank check to take “all necessary measures” to protect U.S. interests in Vietnam
-Issued after a naval incident in the Gulf of Tonkin



expanding operations in Vietnam to save the Saigon government
Johnson called in more and more troops to South Vietnam

Tet Offensive

January 30, 1968

-A surprise attack by Vietcong on US and allies
-Not supposed to happen due to a cease fire originally called
-U.S. counterattacked and won back lost territory
-Victory for Vietcong and North Vietnamese b/c it demoralized the American public

1968 election

November 5, 1968

-runners are George Wallace, Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey
-the democratic convention in Chicago and antiwar demonstrators tried to control the streets resulting in “police riot”
-Richard Nixon wins becoming the first republican president in 12 yrs
-the combined total of Nixon’s and Wallace’s popular vote of almost 57%



-Nixon with drew U.S. troops from Vietnam
-gave south Vietnamese money, weapons, and training
-went from troops 540,000 to 30,000
-led to Nixon Doctrine

Vietnam War


-in April 1970, U.S. invade Cambodia
-When North Vietnamfailed compromise, U.S. bombed N.V.
-Armistice with the North Vietnamese, taking out U.S. troops and POWs
-Paris Accords Jan 1973 promised cease fire and free elections

Salt II

1972 - 1979

series of talks between U.S. negotiators and Soviet negotiators to curtail manufacture of strategic nuclear arms.

Star Wars


Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) plan for building a high tech system of laser and particle beams to destroy enemy missiles.



-intorduced to major reforms: glasnost and perestroika
-1987 Gorbachev agreed to remove and destroy all intermediate range missiles
-1988 gorbachev pulled Soviet troops out of Afghanistan
-Soviet union dissolved in 1991



-was a policy that called for increased openness and transparency in government institutions and activities in the soviet union.
-move toward greater political freedom for Soviet citizens



-was a political movement for reformation within the communist party of the soviet union
-reconstructing Soviet economy by introducing some free market practices
-had to end arms race to achieve this

Eastern Europe

1989 - 1991

-Poland in 1989 with leader Lech Walesa, communist party fell one after the other: Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and Romania
-In East Germany communism fell with the fall of the Berlin Wall
-October 1990 both Germany’s reunited because of NATO and Soviet Union
-1990 Soviet Baltic republics declared independence: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Tiananmen Square

June 3, 1989 - June 4, 1989

-Student led protests in Beijing
-Army intervention and the protest was overcome
-Zhao Ziyang out and Jiang Zemin