20th Century Turning Points in U.S. History
20th Century Turning Points in U.S. History is an eight-part series designed to provide a clear overview of the people and events that distinguished the 20th century at specific points in time that were significant pivotal points in history. Rare archival footage and photographs, authentic recordings, and other primary source documents bring history to life, while stunning graphics and engaging narration lend context and clarity to the subject. The series has been developed specifically for classroom use. It is organized around established standards and thoughtfully divided into chapters. The series may be viewed as a full-length program or as focused support for specific study areas.
Web resources include downloadable documents:
* Teacher’s Guide
* Primary Source Documents
1. 1900-1907 1900 The Gold Standard Act is Ratified by Congress 1901 Dr. Walter Reed Discovers Yellow Fever is Transmitted by Mosquitoes 1901 McKinley is Shot and Theodore Roosevelt Becomes President 1902 140,000 Mine Workers Go Out on Strike 1902 The Government Passes the Newlands Reclamation Act 1903 Wright Brothers Fly at Kitty Hawk 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Novel “The Jungle” is Published 1906 U.S. Takes Over Construction of the Panama Canal 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright Completes the Robie House in Chicago
2. 1908 – 1918 1908 Ford Introduces the Model T 1909 W.E.B. Du Bois Founds the NAACP 1911 Hollywood Founded 1913 16th Amendment Allows Progressive Income Tax 1913 17th Amendment Caps a Period of Election Reforms 1914 Clayton Anti-Trust Act Passed 1914 -1917 America Prepares for World War I 1917 America Enters World War I
3. 1919 -1928 1919 Prohibition Begins 1920 Women Gain the Right to Vote 1923 Teapot Dome Scandal Typifies the Roaring 20’s 1924 J. Edgar Hoover Named Head of the FBI 1925 The Scopes Monkey Trial 1926 Goddard Initiates the Space Age 1926 David Sarnoff Founds NBC 1927 Charles Lindbergh Flies Across the Atlantic
4. 1929 –1943 1929 “Black Tuesday” Foretells the Great Depression 1932 Amelia Earhart: Record-Breaking Woman Aviator 1933 President Roosevelt’s ‘One Hundred Days’ Begins his New Deal 1935 President Roosevelt Signs the Social Security Act 1936 Jesse Owens and Joe Louis Debunk Hitler’s Claim of Aryan Superiority 1940 Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” is Published 1941 Japan Attacks Pearl Harbor
5. 1944 – 1952 1944 D-Day “Operation Overlord” 1945 The U.S. Air Force Drops an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima 1947 The Marshall Plan for Europe 1950 President Truman Sends American Troops to the Aid of South Korea 1950 – 1953 The Korean War 1951 Alan Freed Introduces Rock and Roll
6. 1953 – 1963 1953 John Foster Dulles Becomes Eisenhower’s Cold War Warrior 1954 Senator Joseph McCarthy is Condemned by the Senate 1954 Brown v. Board of Education 1955 Rosa Parks is Arrested 1960 Nixon-Kennedy Televised Debates 1962 Astronaut John Glenn is the First American to Orbit the Earth 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis 1963 Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech
7. 1964 – 1973 1964 President Johnson Announces the Great Society 1964 Vietnam War: Congress Passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution 1965 Black Urban Riots Begin 1968 Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive 1970 First Earth Day 1972 Watergate 1973 Vietnam War: Cease-Fire Ends War
8. 1973 – 1999 1973 Second Battle of Wounded Knee 1973 Roe v. Wade 1976 Personal Computers Herald the Post Industrial Age 1983 The Grenada Conflict 1987 Alan Greenspan Becomes Chairman of the Federal Reserve 1990 The Gulf War Demonstrates American Military Supremacy 1991 The End of the Cold War 1994 Whitewater Leads to the Impeachment of President Clinton 1999 Y2K Ends the American Century
Use our classroom videos for every curriculum and every grade level.
These programs have been dropped from the Instructional Resources offerings.
Sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter to learn about new programs, classroom resources, and professional development opportunities!
Assignment: The World has been discontinued by the producer and is no longer available for broadcast.
June 25-26 - Prairie Region Teacher Training Institute in Moorhead, Minnesota at Concordia College