Main reasons economists believe the Great Depression occurred
Stock Market Crash of 1929
Reduction of purchases across the board.
The New Deal
Franklin D. Roosevelt's program for helping the U.S. recover from the Stock Market Crash
New Deal's programs that are still in place today
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation of 1933
Social Security of 1935
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
1933- A New Deal agency created to insure bank savings and deposits.
A foreign policy adopted by a nation in which the country refuses to enter into any alliances, foreign trade or economic commitments.
Which region in the U.S. is called the Dust Bowl?
Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas- Southwest
The Kellogg-Briand Pact
The pact renounced aggressive war, prohibiting the use of war as "an instrument of national policy" except in matters of self-defense.
Line of defense built by France to protect against German invasion. Stretched from Belgium to Switzerland.
Who did Hitler blame for Germany's loss in World War I?
The Jews; but mostly the government for giving up.
"Lighting war", typed of fast-moving warfare used by German forces against Poland in 1939
Battle of Midway
U.S. naval victory over the Japanese fleet in June 1942, in which the Japanese lost four of their best aircraft carriers. It marked a turning point in World War II.
How did President Harry Truman justify his decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan?
More soldiers would die if he didn't; brought the war to a halting stop.
Japanese American Internment Camps
Detention centers where more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were relocated during World War II by order of the President.
June 6, 1944 - Led by Eisenhower, over a million troops (the largest invasion force in history) stormed the beaches at Normandy and began the process of re-taking France. The turning point of World War II.
The Holocaust took place in Europe between 1993 and 1945. Six million Jews were systematically and brutally murdered by the Nazis and their collaberators. Miliions of non-Jews, including Roma and Sinti(Gypsies), Serbs, political dissidents, people with disabilities, homosexuals and Jehova's Witnesses, were also persecuted by the Nazis.
This period of time following World War II is where the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as superpowers and faced off in an arms race that lasted nearly 50 years.
a policy of creating strategic alliances in order to check the expansion of a hostile power or ideology or to force it to negotiate peacefully- specifically for communism
President Truman's policy of providing economic and military aid to any country threatened by communism or totalitarian ideology.
Joint effort by the US and Britian to fly food and supplies into W Berlin after the Soviet blocked off all ground routes into the city
Why did many working women lose their jobs after WWII?
Because the veterans came home and took the workforce back.
The GI Bill of Rights
Provided education for WWII veterans. Allowed veterans to return to the real world and be able to go to school and get jobs in the workforce. Helped to get people to join the military and also allowed congress to put money back into the economy.
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Defensive military alliance formed in 1949 by ten Western European countries, the US and Canada.
The Marshall Plan
a massive aid package offered by US that gave food and economic assistance to europe to help countries rebuild.
Why did the United States become involved in the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts?
As part of Truman's containment plan to stop the spread of communism.
United States politician who unscrupulously accused many citizens of being Communists (1908-1957)
The world's first space satellite. This meant the Soviet Union had a missile powerful enough to reach the US.
Martin Luther King Jr.
U.S. Baptist minister and civil rights leader. A noted orator, he opposed discrimination against blacks by organizing nonviolent resistance and peaceful mass demonstrations. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Nobel Peace Prize (1964)
In 1964, when blacks and whites together challenged segregation and led a massive drive to register blacks to vote.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
This law banned racial discrimination and segregation in public accommodations, outlawed bias in federally funded programs, and created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to enforce a ban on job discrimination by race, religion, national origin, or sex.
The Federalist Papers
Series of newspaper articles written by John Hay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton which enumerated arguments in favor of the Constitution and refuted the arguments of the anti-federalists.
Opponents of a strong central government who campaigned against the ratification of the Constitution in favor of a confederation of independant states.
The Declaration of Independence
an act of the Second Continental Congress, adopted on July 4, 1776, which declared that the Thirteen Colonies in North America were "Free and Independent States" and that "all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved."
The Fourteenth Amendment
An amendment that granted citzenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States and declared that no state could deprive any person of life, liberty, or property "without due process of law."
these rights are fundamental or natural rights guaranteed to people naturally instead of by law. They include life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness.
Why did the idea of representative government flourish in colonial America?
Because some states were much larger than others, and everyone wanted to be represented equally.
3rd President of the United States: chief drafter of the Declaration of Independence; made the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and sent out the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore it (1743-1826).
1st President of the United States: commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799).
The Articles of Confederation
America's first constitution which provided for a new central government with limited powers.
The Vietnam War
The Communist forces of North Vietnam supported by China and the Soviet Union and the non-Communist forces of South Vietnam supported by the United States resulted in war.
Vice President under Eisenhower and 37th President of the United States: resigned after the Watergate scandal in 1974 (1913-1994).
The 1960s Youth Movement
Youth disillusioned with government and mainstream society, socially and politically active
-protest against the established order
-timothy leary "turn on to the scene:tune into what's happening, drop out of high school"
-began in haight-ashbury ditrict/greenwich village, NY
-philosphy: love, peace, freedom
The Anti-War Movement
Opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War is significant because it was the first time a war was shown and accessed through the media to the public in the United States.
War Powers Act
Passed by Congress in 1973; the president is limited in the deployment of troops overseas to a sixty-day period in peacetime (which can be extended for an extra thirty days to permit withdrawal) unless Congress explicitly gives its approval for a longer period.
Kent State in 1970
Ohio college where an anti-war protest got way out of hand, the Nat'l Guard was called in and killed 3 students (innocent &unarmed, and wounded 9) in idiscriminate fire of M-1 rifles
Which Supreme Court decision struck down the quota system?
Regents of University of California v. Bakke in 1978.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Act that prohibits discrimination or segregation based on race, color, national origin, religion, and gender in all terms and conditions of employment.
twenty sixth amendment
Causes: Draftees into the armed services were any male over the age of 18. There was a seeming dichotomy, however: these young men were allowed, even forced, to fight and die for their country, but they were unable to vote. Effects: Gave 18 year-olds the right to vote.
Title IX under the 1972 Education Amendments Act
Prohibits sex discrimination in any federally assisted educational program or activity.