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Battle of the Little Bighorn A battle in which General George Custer and his forces were defeated by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors.
Wounded Knee Massacre The battle between U.S. military troops and Lakota Sioux Indians in South Dakota on December 29, 1890, resulted in the deaths of perhaps 300 Sioux men, women, and children. It was the last major battle of the Indian Wars of the late 19th century.
Railroad Strike of 1877 A series of violent rail strikes across the United States in 1877. The strikes were onset by wage cuts
Haymarket Riot, 1886 The aftermath of a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day and in reaction to the killing of several workers the previous day by the police.
Homestead Strike, 1892 An industrial lockout and strike in a battle between strikers and private security agents.
Pullman Strike, 1894 A nationwide railroad strike in the United States that lasted from May 11 to July 20, 1894, and a turning point for US labor law.
Gilded Age The time between the Civil War and World War I during which the U.S. population and economy grew quickly, there was a lot of political corruption and corporate financial misdealings and many wealthy people lived very fancy lives.
Boxer Rebellion a Chinese secret organization called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fists led an uprising in northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese influence there.
Spanish American War an intervention by the United States on behalf of Cuba. The United States acquired Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines in the war and gained temporary control over Cuba.
Prohibition a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages
The great depression worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations
WWI A war between the allies and central powers
WWII a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis.
Battle of Argonne forest a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front
The first red scare The rounding up and deportation of several hundred immigrants of radical political views by the federal government in 1919 and 1920.
The battle of midway naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II that took place between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor
Bataan death march forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000–80,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war
Invasion of normandy The Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history when they assaulted Normandy. The invaders were able to establish a beachhead as part of Operation Overlord after a successful "D-Day," the first day of the invasion.
Harlem Renaissance an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion centered in Harlem, New York
Sinking of the Lusitania The sinking of this ship enraged Americans and hastened the United States' entrance into World War I
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii
Dust bowl a period of severe dust storms that greatly damaged the ecology and agriculture of the American and Canadian prairies during the 1930s
Klondike gold rush a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western Canada
Created by: Victoria.laduque