Us history flashcards

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manifest destiny


an idea accepted as a fact. drove us poilicy toward expansion in 1800s


transcontinental railroad


connected 2 coasts. sped us settlement is west, "nation shrinker". a boon to our economic. work done mostly by immagriants


dawes act


new type of indian policy. intended to give indians a fairer share.


road to the civil war


states rights v national law, free slave stqates of new territory, slavery itself


abe lincoln


16 president of the u.s. 1861-65. guided through civil war. ensured succesion. ranked as out top president ever. great orator. suspended habeaus corpus, didnt believe in equality


robert e lee


commander of all confederate forces in civil war.won many battles early in war against long odds. considered americas greatest and most beloved generals. guerilla warfare


Flaws of robert E lee


invasion of north in defensive war. pivotal loss at gettysurg


emancipation proclamation


lincolns declaration that all slaves in rebelling territories are free, late 1862 early 1863. england and france will not help confederacy


battle of gettysburg


turned war in unions favor. costliest battle of civil war. repulsed lee's second invasion of north,over 50,000 dead. mistake by lee, shows importance of high ground, north misses follow up opportunity


battle of vicksburg


turned war in unions favor.union victory on day later, 7-4.1863. siege warfare by grant exemplifies" total war". full control of miss. for union


ulysses s grant


ultimate commander of union forces in the civil war, 18 president of the us. led union to victory after a series of unsuccessful leaders because he was willing to press the attack and use his numerical advantage to wear down the south even though it cost lives. failure as pres. was military men to become pres.


radical reconstruction


nickname given to republican. dominated houses pology that punished the south rather than to forgive. made for a messy healing. they clash with andrew johnsons reconstruction plan. made people impeach him.


immigration old wave


1865 to 1890 10,000,000 or so. mostly from northwestern europe. tended to have more money and education. worked in skilled labor or on farms.


immigration new wave


1890-1914: 15,000,000 or so. came from south and east europe, as well as asia. less money, education, skill level, language, culture, and religion. worked unskilled jobs in factories


quid pro quo


noun. an exchange or swap


faux paus


describes a goof up or gaffe that is inappropriate or not acceptable by a given culture


coup d' etat


a violent overthrow of a government


esprit de corps


noun. morale of the corps




prep. without


xenophobia and nativism


fear mistrust of foreigness, along with feelings that americans are superior to all other ways of life. prevailing attitude in late 1800s early 1900s that led to laws restricting imigration and a very difficult experience for a high percentage of new imigrants during that time


thomas edison and alex bell


edison invented phonograph incondescent and motion picture camera. bell invented the telephone and early advances in flight.two men responsible for the roots of modern communication and convience. world shrinkers. sped up exchange of ideas and information.




evolution of the us from a farm based country to an industry machine based country mid 1800s early 1900s. made possible by besemer process, which made steel production faster and cheaper. indus. and immigration fueled each other. fueled growth of big cities.made nation larger, wealthier more advanced tech. more powerful internatgionally. labor often exploited awful conditioned, slum and over crowding issues, corruption in big business issues leads to reform efforts such as progressivism and unions


john rockafeller


founder of standardoil. perfected oil refining. drove others out of business.made standard a monopoly. one of the leading robber barons...symbol of big business. philanthropy (massive charity) the parodox of robber barons


sherman anti trust act


passes 1890.outlawed monopolies. bass for trust-busting in roosevelt anf taft adminitrations..hard to enforce. progressive movement accomplishment


samuel gompers/AFL american federation of labor


important union in early labor efforsts, formed 1886, gompers president. used strike and collective bargaining as tools excluded unskilled workers and minorities..early nativist force. many labor groups. this included had controversail affiliations with marxism.


henry ford


automotive industry pioneer who popularized the use of the assembly line in american manufacturing. turned us to ar culture. sped up urbanization. paid workers double what others made.slow to change slow to unionize




practice of large nations conquering and or ruling smaller nations for own benefit. ties with idea nationalism. has led to any number of major wars. spanish american WWI, WWII.


monroe doctrine


his 1823 declaration that the entire western hemisphere was off limits to europe for purposes of colonization/imperialsim. example of imperialsm in a ction.used as justification for start of spanish american war in 1898




in other words


modus operandi


way of doing things




ideal practice in which a nation tries to stay completely out of the affairs of other nations. was easier said than done. U.S. tried unsuccsesfuly before both world wars. Some people feel this is baically an outdated concept with the devolopment of a "world community and a world economy




fierce, competitive, exaggerated patrioism that actively seeks out ways to make its country the best. dpecific group/ethnicity of people who seek to govern themselves as a seperate nation rather than to be under the rule of antoher group...self determination. imperialsm is often a by product of this nationalism. played a direct role in both world wars.




a government and or its people. its people and press glorify war and military strength as a good thing and a national deal. a government devotes a great deal of its resources and effort into bulidup of its armies and technology related to the military. nidges nation toward war, especially when combind with imperialsm and nationalsm. eisemhaur warned agaisnt




process of people moving out of rural areas and into cities. goes hand in hand with industrialization and people taking jobs in factories..major change in the overall lifestyle of americans...creates an entire new set of problems.1865-1905


spanish american war


splendid little war.18198.with spain over cubas independence and territorial holdings in phillipines. monroe doctrine at work. more die of disease than fighting. a small step in us becoming a world power. vaulted T roosevelt into the public eye


wright brothers


recognized as the first to successfully fly and control a winged aircraft, kittyhawk NC. 1903 changed the fundamental nature and possibility of transportation. world shrinker. impact militarily. not immediately recognized. struggle for credit/ patent


progressive moevement


middle class movement across party lines that concerned itself with addressing labour conditions, big business, government corruption civil its peak. 1890 1913. driving force behyind mckinley, T roosevelt and taft presidential terms...influenced wilsons. made some definate improvements in working conditions. mixed results socially. effects seen later in prohibition


uptown sincluair/the jungle


book that exposed or made public the horrible conditions in a typical meat packing plant. the uncle toms cabin of progressive movement..led to reforms in meat packing and other industries. leads diretly to the passage of the pure food and drug act. 1906


jane adams


important progressive movement female activist of the early 20th century who had impact in a number of important areas. won nobel peace prize. key suffragette who expanded the work susan B anthony and elizabeth cady stanton. culminating in the passing of the 9 amendment. founded the NAACP. founded hull house as an outreach to poor areas.


theodore roosevelt


progressive president served from 1901-1909. prided himself as being a trust buster. big stick diplomacy. expanded monroe doctrine with roosevelt corollary. initiated us involvement in panama canal building. example of military accomplishments leading to presidency. created national park system. won nobel peace prize




interaction with other nations. taft was dollar diplomacy. t roosevelt was big stick. wilson was moral diplomacy.


panama canal. project to link 2 major oceans across a ten mile stretch of panama, aquired in conjunction with a u.s. supported overthrow of columbian rule in panama. improved trade routes. shrunk the world. directly tied to monroe doctine . example of u.s. imperialism. creates resentment toward u.s. among latin americans


woodrow wilson


us president from 1913-1921 before during after WWI. practiced moral diplomacy. isolationist at heart..tried to keep u.s. out of WWI. mobilized nation for war effort. proposed the 14 points of peace after WWI including the unsuccessful league of nations


the great war a.k.a. WWI


1914-1918. devestating war, mostly in europe, brought on by militarism, alliances, nationalism, imperialism. u.s. joined late '17. first industrail war. vaults u.s. into a position of world prominence power. europe shattered


14 points of peace


1919.woodrow wilsons proposal for terms of peace/plan to put europe back together. forgiving in nature. proposed the league of nations


treaty of versailles.


1919. treaty that brought WWI to an end and set the terms of post war europe. includes wilsons League of nations. most terms driven by Britain and frances desire for revenge agaisnt germany, though wilson objected. blame, reperations, forbidding of military buildup. ensured another great war. WWI


19 amendment


1920. gives women the right to vote. another redidual effect of the progressive movement, 1890-1913. culmination of a long struggle that began in 1848.


prohibition amendments 18 and 21


volstead act. 1919 prohibits production and sale of alcohol. leads to 18 amendment. repealed by 21 amendment. 1933. driven by progressivism. led by an increase in organized crime levels.


the roaring 20's. 1920-1929


fast paced decade marked by. prosperity, entertainment boom, larger than life heroes, changes in social standards, changing roles for women. people devolop spending and lifestyle habits that contribute to the onset of the great depression. known as the jazz age.


charles lindbergh.


1927-1945 first man to successfully fly a plane across the atlantic. 1927..became the american hero. symbol of larger than life. speeds up industry. later becomes a major political player. isolationism prior to WWII


great depression


worst economic slump in U.S. history. 1929-1941. banks fail. joblessness and homelessness rampant. ends when WWI begins. leads to reforms in bank system. dawn of a new era of government involvement. devolops the character of generation that leads us through WWII into post war prosperity


en masse


all together, oppostie of being scattered.