The Civil War shreds the country and threatens its future.
The first transcontinental railroad is completed. (Central Pacific/Union Pacific)
Reconstruction ends as Northern Troops leave the South; Edison's phonograph
Thomas Edison's Light bulb
Supreme Court Case "Plessy v. Ferguson": Seperate but equal is OK
The Spanish- American War brings the USA into imperialistic conflict.
Worls War I permanently establishes USA as a world power.
The 19th Amendment is passed. Womaan get the vote.
The stock market crash kicks off the "Great Depression".
FDR takes office, brings in "NEW DEAL" to fight Depression. Big Central Government.
World War II permanently ends US isolationism. (UN founded by victors.)
Marshall Plan & Truman Doctrine fight Communism & rebuild Europe.
Korean War tests willingness to fight the threat (spread) of Communism.
Supreme Court decision. "Brown v. Board". Seoerate but equal not OK.
"The Kennedy Years". Election, Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, Assasination.
Peak year of the Black Revolution.
Year of the escalation of the Vietnam War. Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.
USA lands first man (Neil Armstrong) oin the moon.
Wateergate forces richard Nixon to resign the presidency.
USA moves to the "right" withe election of Ronald Reagan
The Modern Space age is signaled by the first flight of a re-usable space shuttle (Columbia).
Gulf War: US & UN forces defeat Iraq and liberate Kuwait.
The Presidential Election- the closest in over a century - is decided in principle by the Supreme Court, giving George Bush & Republicans the White House.
"9/11" Terrorists bring down the World Trade Center Towers (NY) crash into the Pentagon (DC), and down an airliner in PA., in the country's worst terrorist attack.
Second Gulf War/ "Operation Iraqi Freedom" topples regime of Saddam Hussein, as the US and Britain occupy Iraq in a preemptive strike against terrorism. (WMD)