Online Textbook Table of Contents



Introduction and Overview


The Rise of Big Business

Prerequisites for IndustrializationSteel |  ElectricityCommunicationsTranscontinental Railroad

Standard Oil CompanyRole of GovernmentFirst Steps toward Controlling Big Business


The Wild |  Wild West


Indian Wars |  The Dawes ActCowboys and RanchingFarmingMiningLumber Industry


The Gilded Age

Rise of the CityMachine PoliticsSocial DarwinismImmigrationReform DarwinismGospel of WealthPolitical Corruption

The Populist Revolt


Organizing UnionsAmerican Federation of LaborStrikes by UnionsFarmer Unrest |  the Granger MovementThe Populist Party (1892) Free Silver |  Populism in 1896the Rise and Fall of Populism



Foreign Policy BackgroundMotives for ExpansionAnti-ImperialismSpanish American War |   US in ChinaUS in Latin AmericaPanama CanalDollar DiplomacyWoodrow Wilson

The Progressives


Background (Agrarian Unrest 1860-1900)The Progressive MovementThe Progressive AgendaEarly ReformersPolitical ReformBusiness ReformTeddy RooseveltThe Square DealTaft |  Election of 1912Wilson |  Progressive Accomplishments

World War I


Overview |  CausesEarly WarUS NeutralityUS Enters WarMobilizationVersailles


The 1920's

DisillusionmentDemobilizationRed ScareNativismMarcus Garvey20's Culture 1Republican Ascendancy Prohibition Coolidge Sacco-Vanzetti Scopes Trial |   |  Revolution in Manners and Morals |   Flappers20's Culture 2HooverFailure of Prohibition

Crash |  Depression and The New Deal

Causes of the Great DepressionThe Stock Market CrashHoover's ResponseRugged Individualism The Smoot-Hawley TariffThe RFCBonus MarchOverview of the New Deal The First New DealThe Second New DealWagner ActSocial Security Impact of the New Deal

World War II

Washington Naval ConferenceDawes PlanKellogg-Briand PactRise of Fascism Rise of Hitler Japan in AsiaMao and Chang Kai ShekPrelude to War |  WWII BeginsBattle of Britain Pre-War US Foreign PolicyIsolationism in the USPearl HarborThe US goes to War |   MobilizationUS War PolicyThe Military FrontWar in EuropeWar in AsiaWWII Analysis Results of War

Truman and the Cold War

Truman DemobilizationPost-War ProblemsTaft-HartleyCivil RightsThe Fair DealUS Post-War Foreign Policy: The Four FreedomsYaltaUnited Nations US/Soviet Relations |  Origins of ContainmentThe Truman DoctrineThe Marshall Plan1st Berlin CrisisNATOThe Iron CurtainThe Cold War in AsiaThe Korean WarCold War in the Middle EastThe 2nd Red Scare McCarthyism Cold War OverviewTruman's Legacy

The 1950's: The Affluent Society

EisenhowerBeyond Containment DetenteThe U-2 IncidentMassive Retaliation |   The Korean WarDomino TheoryThe Missile GapThe Suez Canal Crisis The Eisenhower Doctrine

JFK |  LBJ and Civil Rights


The Election of 1960 "Camelot"  The New Frontier | Domestic Policy Successes The Cuban Missile Crisis | The Assassination |  LBJ's Great SocietyThe War on Poverty

Pre-Civil War Reconstruction | Radical Reconstruction Timeline  | Black Civil Rights 1896-1954  | Marcus Garvey Minorities in the New Deal Blacks in WW II  | Truman and Civil Rights Civil Rights Movement 1952-1960  | Brown vs. Board of Education Montgomery Bus Boycott  | Rosa Parks  | Martin Luther King Early Tries at School Integration  | Voting Rights Act (1957) Summary: Civil Rights Gains to 1960 Civil Rights under JFK  | Medgar Evers  | 1963 March on Washington  | Civil Rights under LBJ Freedom Summer--1964 Civil Rights Act of 1964  | Malcolm X  | The War on Poverty The Selma Campaign (1965) Nixon's Southern Strategy |



French Rule--1880s-1954 | Ho Chi Minh  | Dien Bien Phu  | Domino Theory  | Beginnings of US Involvement Strategic Hamlet Program  | Early Opposition in the US  | Assassination of Diem LBJ Takes the Reins  | Gulf of Tonkin Resolution  | Escalation Escalation Continues  | Rising Protests at Home  | Tet Offensive  | My Lai Massacre Election of 1968  | Nixon and VietnamVietnamization  | The Nixon Doctrine  | The Invasion of Cambodia  | War Protests/Kent State  | The Pentagon Papers North Vietnamese Invasion of South |  Paris Peace Agreements  | War Powers Resolution  | Summary/Consequences of Viet Nam |

The Nixon Presidency


Nixon Domestic Policy | Economy Late 60s  | StagflationNixon Economic Plan  | EPA  | Crime, Law and OrderSilent Majority  | American Indian Movement  | The CountercultureWounded Knee  | Nixon Foreign Policy  | Kissinger  | China and Nixon Detente | OPEC Oil Embargo  | Salvador Allende  | Angola Watergate  | The Burglary The Cover-up Investigation and Exposure  | Resignation of Nixon  | Results of Watergate |

The Tumultuous 70's


Gerald Ford | Nixon Pardon-9/74Stagflation  | Foreign Policy  | The Women's Movement  | Roe vs. Wade  | Jimmy CarterCarter's Presidential Style  | The Economy under Carter  | The Energy Crisis--CarterEnergy Crisis of 1979The Environment  | Carter Foreign PolicyHuman Rights  | Camp David Accords  | Iran |

The Reagan Revolution

1980 Election  | Reagan's Presidential Style  | The New Right  | Supply-side Economics  | Gramm-Rudman Act--1985Results of Reaganomics  | The Reagan Revolution--The New Federalism  | Energy Policy Environmental Policy Civil Rights and the Courts under Reagan  | Women's IssuesForeign Policy  | The Iran-Contra Affair  | US-Soviet Relations  | Star Wars (SDI)Middle East under Reagan  | The Bush Presidency