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APUSH Period 8 1945- 1980
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A political system headed by a dictator that calls for extreme nationalism and racism and no tolerance of opposition
A government system created by Karl Max advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned.
1945 meeting between Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt in which the leaders discussed plans for the post-war world. Stalin agreed to join the fight with Japan 90 days after the war in Europe was over. Stalin also promised to allow free elections in Eastern Europe. The breaking of this promise led in part to the Cold War.
July 26, 1945 Allied leaders Truman, Stalin and Churchill met in Germany to set up zones of control and to inform the Japanese that if they refused to surrender at once, they would face total destruction.
A policy based in the belief that if communism could be kept within its existing boundaries, it would collapse under the weight of its internal weaknesses
1947 policy of providing economic and military aid to any country threatened by communism or totalitarian ideology, mainly helped Greece and Turkey
A plan that the US came up with to revive war-torn economies of Europe. This plan offered $13 billion in aid to western and Southern Europe.
1948 that supplied food and fuel to citizens of West Berlin when the Russians closed off land access to Berlin
The First peace time alliance the United States belonged to. It made a promise to defend one another if they were attacked by any other country; US, England, France, Canada, Western European countries
Leader of the Communist Party in China that overthrew the Nationalists. Established China as the People's Republic of China and ruled from 1949 until 1976.
1950's Wisconsin senator claimed to have list of communists in the state department but no credible evidence; took advantage of fears of communism post WWII to become incredibly influential
Investigated Hollywood for communist sympathizers
After North Korean forces were forced back behind this Truman gave MacArthur permission to pursue communists into their own territory. He was moving beyond the policy of containment and envisioning a rollback of communist power. It separated north and south Korea.
Wars in which the superpowers backed different sides that acted as substitutes (proxies) for the superpowers themselves examples would be the Korean War and the Vietnam war.
Agency of the United States government. used to obtain and analyze information about foreign governments, corporations, and persons in order to advise public policymakers. It was also involved in covert operations.
First artificial Earth satellite, it was launched by Moscow in 1957 and sparked U.S. fears of Soviet dominance in technology and outer space. It led to the creation of NASA and the space race.
Suez Canal Crisis
1954 Egyptian leader Abdel Nasser seizes control of the Suez Canal, led to British and French troops being sent into the canal zone, ended when Eisenhower insisted Britain and France leave before the Soviets enter on the side of the Egyptians
Eisenhower's policy; it advocated the full use of American nuclear weapons to counteract even a Soviet ground attack in Europe
The collapse of colonial empires. Between 1947 and 1962, practically all former colonies in Asia and Africa gained independence.
Ho Chi Minh
Vietnamese leader who is responsible for ousting first the French, then the United States from his country. Supported by both communist China and the Soviet Union he achieved his goal of a united communist Vietnam in 1975
Leader of South Vietnam supported by United States, but not by Vietnamese Buddhist majority He was assassinated in 1963
Military Industrial Complex
Eisenhower first coined this phrase when he warned American against it in his last State of the Union Address. He feared that the combined lobbying efforts of the armed services and industries that contracted with the military would lead to excessive Congressional spending.
Bay of Pigs
An unsuccessful invasion of Cuba in 1961, which was sponsored by the United States. Its purpose was to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
Cuban Missile Crisis
1962 A Brink-of-war confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the latter's placement of nuclear-armed missiles in Cuba. The Soviet Union turned back with concessions from the U.S. that missiles would be removed from Turkey and that the U.S. would not invade Cuba.
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
1964 Congressional resolution that authorized President Johnson to commit US troops to South Vietnam and fight a war against North Vietnam.
1968 NLF and North Vietnamese forces launched a huge attack on the Vietnamese New Year (Tet). The U.S. won the battles but Americans reacted sharply, with declining approval of LBJ and more anti-war sentiment.
Bombing of Cambodia
US troops invaded Cambodia to clear out north Vietnamese and Vietcong supply centers (Ho Minh Trail) many college students protested, one protest was at Kent State
Fall of Saigon
Marked the end of the Vietnam War in April, 1975 when North Vietnamese invaded South Vietnam, forcing all Americans left to flee in disarray as the capitol was taken
1979-1988: The war in this country was a nine-year proxy war during the Cold War involving the Soviet Union against the Afghan Mujahideen guerrilla movement. The mujahideen received unofficial military and/or financial support from a variety of countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, and Israel.
A lessening of tensions between U.S. and Soviet Union. Besides disarming missiles to insure a lasting peace between superpowers, Nixon pressed for trade relations and a limited military budget. Nixon started this policy based on "realism" and an example is when he visited China
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks- A pact that served to freeze the numbers of long-range nuclear missiles for five years in 1972. This treaty between Nixon (U.S.), China, and the Soviet Union served to slow the arms race that had been going on between these nations since World War II.
Ronald Reagan's description of Soviet Union because of his fierce anti-communist views and the USSR's history of violation of human rights and aggression.
This state was created by the U.N. following WWII. In 1967, Israel launched the Six Day War against Egypt and her allies. Israel took over the Golan Heights , The West Bank of the Jordan River; and the Sinai Peninsula. The U.S.'s pro-Israel foreign policy has been a source of tension in the Middle East.
This organization's embargo in 1973 created an energy crisis in the U.S. This oil cartel doubled their petroleum charges in 1979, helping American inflation rise well above 13%.
C.I.A. sponsored a coup in 1953 to overthrow Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq, who had began nationalizing oil. Following the coup, the U.S. had close ties with pro-Western Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi until he was overthrown during the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The Shah fled to the U.S. Resentment over this leads to the Hostage Crisis.
The U.S. supported Hussein in its war against Iran. However, the U.S. fought against the Hussein regime in 1990 after the invasion of Kuwait and again in 2003.
The Strategic Defense Initiative this was President Reagan's proposed weapons system to destroy Soviet missiles from space. It was never implemented
Head of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. His liberalization effort improved relations with the West, but he lost power after his reforms led to the collapse of Communist governments in eastern Europe
Fall of Berlin Wall
This event in 1989 marked the symbolic end of the Cold War and was the beginning of the collapse of communism in eastern Europe
Interstate Highway Act
1950s plan to build 41,000 mi of highway; met the need of suburban growth and was a means to transport missiles
Little Rock Nine
1957 - Governor Faubus sent the Arkansas National Guard to prevent nine Black students from entering Little Rock Central High School. Eisenhower sent in U.S. paratroopers to ensure the students could attend class.
Brown vs. Board of Education
1954 court decision that declared state laws segregating schools to be unconstitutional. Overturned Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)
southern Democrats who opposed Truman's position on civil rights. They caused a split in the Democratic party.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) believed in non-violent civil disobedience. Most famous speech, "I have a dream."
Non violent protest where people sit at lunch counters and refuse to leave until served
1960's she wrote "The Feminine Mystique," an account of housewives' lives in which they subordinated their own aspirations to the needs of men she sparked the women's rights movement. She later help create NOW
This was part of President Johnson's war on poverty. In 1965, Congress passed many Great Society measures, including Medicare, civil rights legislation, and federal aid to education
Civil Rights Act
1964 This act made racial, religious, and sex discrimination by employers illegal and gave the government the power to enforce all laws governing civil rights, including desegregation of schools and public places.
Voting Rights Act
1965 A law designed to help end formal and informal barriers to African American suffrage. Under the law, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were registered and the number of African American elected officials increased dramatically.
The idea the African-Americans should take pride in their achievements and to reject assimilation into white society. Nationalism also spread to other groups such as Native Americans and Latino Americans.
a black civil rights activist in the 1960's. Leader of the SNCC. He worked with MLK but later changed his attitude. He urged giving up peaceful demonstrations and advocated Black Power. He was known for saying,"black power will smash everything Western civilization has created."
American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist, leader of the Women's liberation movement, co-founded Ms. Magazine
An economic extension of the New Deal proposed by Harry Truman that called for higher minimum wage, housing and full employment. It led only to the Housing Act of 1949 and the Social Security Act of 1950 due to opposition in congress
Escobedo v. Illinois
1964--Ruled that a defendant must be allowed access to a lawyer before questioning by police.
Miranda v. Arizona
(1966) Supreme Court held that criminal suspects must be informed of their right to consult with an attorney and of their right against self-incrimination prior to questioning by police.
President Kennedy's 1960 plan aimed at improving the economy, fighting racial discrimination, and exploring space.
He did not run for re-election in 1968 even though he successfully passed many pieces of legislation for civil rights and his war on poverty. Vietnam played a role in his decision and many protests escalated under his term.
A phrase used to describe people, whatever their economic status, who uphold traditional values, especially against the counterculture of the 1960s. Nixon appealed to them to win the 1968 election.
A botched Republican engineered break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C., that eventually forced Nixon to resign in 1974.
He appealed to the U.S. as an outsider in the 1976 election as a peanut farmer. He had a troubled presidency that included the Iran Hostage Crisis, an energy crisis after the OPEC oil embargo and an economic downturn called stagflation.
Formed by Jerry Falwell. Organization made up of conservative Christian political action committees which campaigned on issues its personnel believed were important to maintaining its Christian conception of moral law (e.g. banning abortion)
"trickle down" theory or supply side economic policies. cut federal spending on domestic programs and cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations. he thought this would help create new jobs.
Roe v. Wade
The 1973 Supreme Court decision holding that a state ban on all abortions was unconstitutional.
Ronald W. Reagan
Ushered in an era of economic conservativsm. While president, he cut out many welfare and public works programs. He used the Strategic Defense Initiative to avoid conflict. His meetings with Gorbachev were the first steps to ending the Cold War. He was also responsible for the Iran-Contra Affair which bought hostages with guns.
1947 Mass-produced housing development -> Levittown, started in Long Island, copied across country
A key author of the Beat movement whose best-selling novel, "On the Road" helped define the movement.
Author who wrote "The Other American." He alerted those in the mainstream to what he saw in the run-down and hidden communities of the countrySun Belt -
Graying of America
the aging of the American population, or increase of the proportion of elderly citizens, caused by a declining birth rate and increased life expectancy. Caused an increase in costliness of Social Security pensions, rapid increase in health costs, and meant the elderly would be politically formidable.
An increase in population by almost 30 million people. This spurred a growth in suburbs and three to four children families.
A group of rebellious writers and intellectuals: led by Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: advocated spontaneity, drugs, and rebellion against societal standards
a culture in which personal worth and identity reside not in the people themselves but in the products with which they surround themselves
term used by economist John Kenneth Galbraith to describe the American economy in the 1950s, during which time many Americans became enraptured with appliances and homes in the suburbs
People, for example the Hippies, that reject normal societal values. For example: free love, communalism, and drug use.
3 day rock concert in upstate N.Y. August 1969, exemplified the counterculture of the late 1960s
Immigration Act of 1965
Abolished the national-origins quotas and providing for the admission each year of 170,000 immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere and 120,000 from the Western Hemisphere
"Silent Spring", sparked a real environmentalist movement: which introduced the adverse environmental effects of DDT and the fact that it would kill the environment and there would be no birds to sing.- a silent spring.
A policy designed to redress past discrimination against women and minority groups through measures to improve their economic and educational opportunities
A conservative female political activist. She stopped the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) from being passed, seeing that it would hinder women more than it would help them.
Bakke v. University of California
Supreme Court case dealing with affirmative action that ruled that affirmative action programs in principle are constitutional, but a strict quota system wasn't.
A term introduced in the 1980s to describe a region of the country devoted to manufacturing. With the loss of manufacturing, many parts of this region are in severe decline.
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