US History Timeline


American Culture

Jazz Age

1920 - 1929

Jazz music and dance became popular in this time and influenced society. (ie. Women's dress and hair; flappers)

Great Depression

1929 - 1940

On Black Tuesday, October 29th 1929, everyone tried to sell their stocks because the prices plummeted, but nobody would buy them. This was the start to a hard era of depression. People lost their money, jobs, homes, and basically everything of worth to just survive.

Dust Bowl

1930 - 1939

The Dust Bowl was a horrible dust storm and drought that overcame the Great Plains in the early 1930s. It destroyed the once fertile ground and made living there impossible. The people had to leave and find other places of work near the city because their farms were destroyed. What is terrible about this is that there was no work in the cities because of the Great Depression. The Dust Bowl finally came to an end in 1939 when rain returned.

I Have A Dream


Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech on African Americans becoming free. This is one of the most famous speeches in all of America.




This is an idea where government should play a very, very small roll in the society and country. During the 1900s it played a larger effect, but this is when the idea came up.

Small Gov.

1880 - 1906

The government took up Laissez Faire and let the people have so much independence. There basically was none. So businesses strived

Business Booms!

1890 - 1905

Businesses were booming and making so much money during this time because immigrants were coming in and they could pay them as much or as little as they want, so they could make tons of profit. Also in food business, they used cheap dirty meats and sold it as Grade A meat which made them tons of money. During 1905-1906 the government took more control of business, so the business' boom died down.

Federal Meat Inspection Act


The federal Meat Inspection act was made so that the government protects us from unhealthy, dirty meats. They ensured that the meat was processed under sanitary conditions.

Growth of Gov.


Government took up more roles

New Deal

1933 - 1936

The New Deal was created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression. It was a plan to revive America's economy and society.

FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.)


Containment Policy

1940 - 1968

The US had a containment policy of containing Communism and keep it from expanding to other countries

Military Desegregation


African Americans join US Army and were desegregated. US needed more soldiers and this was the beginning of segregation.

Start of the End of Segregation in Public Schools


Brown vs. Board of Education


Vietnam War

1959 - 1975

Foriegn Policy


Steel Production Booms

1880 - 1900

Andrew Carnegie made a company of steel which mass produced it. He became one of the richest men. His company grew the steel business.

Great Migration

1916 - 1945

The Great Migration was when African Americans from the South moved and relocated to more urban places in the North and West. During the World Wars, more African Americans had to move North to fill the soldiers' jobs.


1920 - 1929

Speakeasies were underground saloons where bootleggers and flappers would go to have parties with alcohol and it is basically a club. People created these because alcohol was made illegal and people still wanted saloons, so they made underground, secretive ones. They were called "speakeasies" because you literally had to "speak easily" and quietly so people above will not hear.

Roaring 20s

1920 - 1928

Everyone had so much money during this time and would spend a lot of money, making the economy boom.

Baby Boom

1946 - 1964

Because the soldiers were away so much in the war, once they got home their wives and girlfriends wanted to make a family. They bought family sized homes and started having babies and creating a family.

Women Join Workforce


The women needed to help fill the men's spot in the workforce while they were in war.



America became a "Patio Culture" after World War II. Highways were made and by the highways suburbs were made. They are a family centered group of homes in the country, but near the highway so the men can get to work in the city. We still have them today.