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Civil Rights

Comittee of Civil Rights


Instructed to investigate the status of the civil rights in the country and propose measure to strengthen and protect them. Terms of reference: to examine the condition of civil rights in the U.S., to produce a written report of their findings, and to submit recommendations on improving civil rights in the U.S.

Harry S. Truman

1/1/47 - 1/2/47

Integration of millitary

Jackie Robinson


African Americans succeed in professional sports

Earl Warren Court

1953 - 1969

Known for the sweeping decisions of the Warren Court, which ended school segregation and transformed many areas of American Law, especially regarding the rights of the accused, ending public school-sponsored-prayer, and requiring "one-man-one-vote" rules of appointment

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka


Montgomery, AL


Montgomery Bus Boycott: Blacks of the city decided that they would boycott the buses until they were allowed to sit anywhere they wanted. (Rosa Parks)

Greensboro, NC


The Greensboro sit-ins: nonviolent protests in 1960 which led to the Woolworth’s department store reverse its policy of racial segregation.


1960 - 1970

One of the organizations of the American civil rights movement in the 1960's. SNCC's legacy is the destruction of the psychological shackles which had kept black southerners in physical and mental peonage



Ordered in federal troops to protect nine black children integrating a public school, the first time the federal government had sent troops to the south since Reconstruction.

Mapp v. Ohio


The Warren Court left a legacy of judicial activism in the area of civil rights law as well as in the area of civil liberties—specifically, the rights of the accused as addressed in Amendments 4 through 8.



Ole Miss riot of 1962: fought 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.



The Birmingham Bombing: 4 black girls were killed by a bomb while they were attending Sunday school at the 16th Street Baptist Church

Gideon v. Wainwright


Supreme Court ruled that state courts are required under the 14th amendment to provide counsel for defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys.

Feminine Mystique


Nonfiction book by Betty Friedan first published in 1963. It is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States.

March on Washington

August 28,1963

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963. Attended by some 250,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the nation’s capital.

24th Amendment


Prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax.

Escobedo v. Illinois


After a year is was decided by the court that indigent criminal defendants had a right to be provided counsel at trial.

Civil Rights Act


Outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.2 It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public (“public accommodations”).

Civil Rights Act of 1965


National legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.


1965 - 1968

Watt’s Riots, City riots



Malcolm X was assassinated


1965 - 1968

Watt’s Riots, City riots

NOW (National Organization for Women)


Was founded in 1966 and the main goal was to try and get equal rights for women

Miranda v. Arizona


Court said that whatever a defendant says can not be used as evidence if he or she is not read their Miranda Rights. This case developed the Miranda rights

Thurgood Marshall


First African American justice to be apart of the Supreme Court.

Assassinations 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated

Assassinations 1968


Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated



A large music festival with all the hippies about equality.





A proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women that failed to be passed.

Cold War

Tonkin Gulf Resolution


resolution that allowed president Johnson to fight in Vietnam

Atomic Weapons

1945 - 1953

USA and USSR create atomic weapons



U.S. policy to stop expansionism of Soviet Union communism

Truman Doctrine


President Truman's promise to help nations struggling against communist nations

National Security Act


Created the Department of Defense, National Security Council, and Central Intelligence Agency

Second Red Scare

1947 - 1957

Post World War II resurgence of Anti-communist sentiment that influenced governmental and personal actions

UN-American Activities Committee (HUAC)

1947 - 1951

a congressional committee that investigated commmunist influence inside and outside the us gov. after wwii

Berlin Air Lift


Joint effort by the US and Britain to fly food and supplies into West Berlin after the Soviet Union blocked off all ground routes into the city

Marshall Plan


A plan that the U.S. provided aid to all European countries that needed it



and international organization created by the North Atlantic Treay for purposes of collective security

Rosenberg Case


Involved Julius and Ethel Rosenberg who were American communists. They were executed for passing nuclear weapons secrets to the USSR.



The first artificial satellite to orbit Earth, launched by the Soviets.

Joseph McCarthy


United States politician who unscrupulously accused many citizens of being Communists



the downing of a U.S. spy plane and capture of its pilot by the Soviet Union.

Bay of Pigs Invasion


failed invasion of Cuba when a force of 1,200 Cuban exiles, backed by the United States, landed at the Bay of Pigs.

Berlin Wall


a wall separating East and West Berlin built by East Germany to keep citizens from escaping to the West was broken down

Cuban Missile Crisis


confrontation bewteen US and the Soviet Union over Soviet missiles in Cuba


1964 - 1975

Policy of increasing military involvement in Vietnam.

Tet Offensive


Attack by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces throughout South Vietnam; moral defeat for US forces.

1968 Election

1968 - 1969

Nixon routed other two candidates.


1971 - 1973

Nixon’s policy to train Southern Vietnamese soldiers to substitute for US troops.

Salt II

1972 - 1979

Talk between allied nations to control production of nuclear weapons

End of War

1973 - 1974

Ceasefire called after allied troops and US soldiers were overwhelmed, unorganized, and in distress.

Eastern Europe

1973 - 1991

War in Vietnam and Korea, splits among countries with the presentation of the Warsaw Pact by USSR and US NATO.

Star Wars


Use of space-based means by Russia to operate missile-defense systems from beyond the atmosphere.


1985 - 1991

Only Russian president born in USSR era, assisted in ending Cold War.