Post World War Two


Committee of civil rights

1946 - 1947

The committee was instructed to investigate the status of civil rights in the country and propose measures to strengthen them.

Integration of the military



Integration of Baseball


Jackie Robinson becomes the first Black to play in the white Major Leagues


1950 - 1960

The Beats tended to be essentially apolitical, but the hippies became actively engaged with the civil rights movement and the anti-war movements

Earl warren court

1953 - 1969

The warren court expanded civil rights, civil liberties, judicial power and federal power in dramatic ways.

Brown v. Board of Education


the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional

Montgomery Bus Boycott

Dec. 1 1955

The Montgomery Bus Boycott officially started on December 1, 1955. That was the day when the blacks of Montgomery, Alabama, decided that they would boycott the city buses until they could sit anywhere they wanted, instead of being relegated to the back when a white boarded



introduced during Eisenhower’s presidency,The 1957 Civil Rights Bill aimed to ensure that all African Americans could exercise their right to vote

Greensboro NC


Sit ins became more and more frequent


1960 - 1970

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was one of the organizations of the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. It emerged from a series of student meetings led by Ella Baker held at Shaw University in April 1960.



The 1960 Civil Rights Act, introduced during Eisenhower presidency, penalties were to be levied against anybody who obstructed someone’s attempt to register to vote or someone’s attempt to actually vote

Mapp v. Ohio


the United States Supreme Court decided that evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment, which protects against “unreasonable searches and seizures,” may not be used in state law criminal prosecutions in state courts, as well, as had previously been the law, as in federal criminal law prosecutions in federal courts.



Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals orders James Meredith admitted to the University of Mississippi

Feminine Mystique


Non fiction book by Betty freidan, started another wave of feminism across america



The climax of the modern civil rights movement occurred in Birmingham. The city's violent response to the spring 1963 demonstrations against white supremacy forced the federal government to intervene on behalf of race reform

Gideon v. Wainwright


the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to provide counsel in criminal cases for defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys



The Birmingham campaign was a strategic movement organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to bring attention to the unequal treatment that black Americans endured in Birmingham, Alabama.

March on Washington


one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history 3 and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony during the march

24th ammendment


ended the poll tax

Escobedo v. Illinois


Suspect could be provided counsel at trial

Assasination X


Malcom X was assainated

Civil rights act


ensured african americans the right to vote

Miranda v. arizona


Court case made what is now the miranda rights
It ensured that every suspect were informed their rights

Thurgood Marshall

1967 - 1991

First african american in the supreme court, was a judge and lawyer

Assasinations of 1968


Martin luther king shot in april
Robert F. Kennedy shot in june


August 15, 1969 - August 18, 1969

Three days of peace of music, during this slightly rainy weekend thirty two acts preformed in front of 500,000 concert goers.

Cold War

Un-American activites

1939 - 1958

originally established to seek out Nazis, was reactivated in the post war years to find communists

Containment policy

1947 - 1950

George Kennan, containing and preventing the spread of communism

Defensive policy


Public policy dealing with international security and the military

Truman Doctrine


400 million dollars to give to countries in aid and military to prevent te spread of communism to those countries. Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Atomic Weapons


The start of hostility with USSR and the United States

Joseph McCarthy

1947 - 1957

a republican senator from Wisconsin who was very anti-communist

Marshall Plan

June 1947

17 billion dollar European recovery program

Berlin Airlift

1948 - 1949

Stalin blocked off all the major supply routes to west berlin , so we had to use airplanes to give them supplies.



A military defense act to protect western europe

Korean War

1950 - 1953

Truman V. Macarthur


Truman was determined to avoid direct conflict with China’s new communist government and sought to negotiate with them when they became involved in the Korean War. MacArthur felt that the US should attack China.

Rosenberg Case

1951 - 1953

a controversial trial about Russian spy’s, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, they were found guilty for treason, for giving a-bomb secrets to the Russians, and executed in 1953



America launched the first satellites into orbit, sputnik 1 and sputnik 2, around the earth

U-2 incident


the Soviet military used a guided missile to shoot down an American U-2 spy plane over Soviet territory

Bay of Pigs Invasion


sponsored by the United States. Its purpose was to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Berlin Wall


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

Cuban Missle Crisis


A confrontation that involved the U.S. and the Soviet Union, over missles in cuba. Kennedy set up a blockade around
Cuba until the missles were removed.

Tolkin Gulf Rsolution


Authorized President Johnson to commit US troops to south Vietnam and fight a war against north Vietnam


1964 - 1973

Some 2.7 million American troops served in Vietnam. The war was a hopeless effort to keep South Vietnam from falling to Communism.



The increase in military involvement

Tet Offensive


The attack by Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces throughout South Vietnam

Election of 1968


Nixon [Republican] v. Humphrey [Democrat] Democrats fall apart after failure of Johnson in Vietnam, So Nixon won.


1969 - 1973

policy of equipping and training of the south Vietnamese to fight for themselves

Salt 2

november 1972 - 1979

a long-term comprehensive Treaty providing broad limits on strategic offensive weapons systems.

End of the vietnam war

january 27 1973

The Paris Peace Accords ending the conflict were signed January 27, 1973, and were followed by the withdrawal of the remaining American troops.

Star Wars

March 23 1983

Popular name for Reagan’s proposed space-based nuclear defense system, officially called the Strategic Defense Initiative


1985 - 1991

the policy of economic and governmental reform instituted by Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union during the mid-1980s


1985 - 1991

a Soviet policy permitting open discussion of political and social issues and freer dissemination of news and information


March 11, 1985

became last general secretary of the soviet union

Eastern Europe

1989 - 1991

The revolutions of 1989, where revolutions over threw communist states

Tiananmen Square

June 4 1989

Chinese troops storm through Tiananmen Square in the center of Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters