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|Put these events in order:
World War I
War of Independence
American Civil War
The start of expansion to the West
Before colonization, there were about 10 million people, in over 200 tribes.
By 1865, only 300,000 remained.
forced off their land
many died from diseases brought by the colonists
American history has affected the character of American people
Belief that anyone can be successful
most people who came to America were poor; some became very rich
Willing to take risks and try new things
immigration to the “New World”
travelling West to start a new life
|In 1788, 13 colonies become the United States of America.|
|By 1796, a few more states have been created.|
|America buys Louisiana from France in 1803.|
|By 1837, new states have been created around the Mississippi.|
|By 1850, Oregon and California become states.
1843: One thousand people travel to Oregon
|By 1912, all states except Alaska and Hawaii have been created.|
|Vietnam War (1964 — 1975)
Had a big effect on people:
it lasted a long time (11 years)
many Americans were hurt or killed
America did not win the war
horrible pictures on TV
As the war continued, anger in America grew
there were many protests
Other wars that America has been involved in since World War II include:
Korean War (1950 — 1953)
Gulf War (1990 — 1991)
Kosovo War (1999)
Iraq War (2003)
After World War II, there were two superpowers: USA and USSR
democratic USA, communist USSR
There was constant tension, but never actual war:
both built up their military power
spied on each other
provided money and support to groups in Korean, Vietnam, Middle East, etc
|America as a Superpower
After the USSR broke up in 1991, USA became the only superpower.
There are still some powerful countries in Europe and Asia.
But sometimes America tries to ignore them.
USA refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gases
USA attacked Iraq without UN approval
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