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The 1960s was a period in American history that was marked with conflict and social revolution. Here you can find information about major events that took place in the 1960s and events in the modern era.

Black Power Movement

Black Power Movement, in United States history, an effort among black Americans to gain control of the institutions that affect their daily lives by acquiring independent economic, social, and political power.

Modern Decline of Railroads

 Modern Decline of Railroads

The decline of railroads came about during the 1960s and 1970s as the automobile dominated transportation. Read about the decline of railroads. See more »

 Railroads of the 1990s

Railroads of the 1990s explains the history of American railroads through the 1990s. Learn about the history of railroads of the 1990s. See more »

Famous Locomotives

 Famous Locomotives

Famous locomotives, such as the John Bull locomotive, have helped shape the history of American railroads. Learn more about some famous locomotives. See more »

 Shortline Railroads

Shortline railroads were slowly abandoned as truck shipping became more accepted. Learn more about the history of shortline railroads. See more »

 Railroad Super-engines

Railroad super-engines were produced in the mid-1990s with the same size but more power than standard locomotives. Learn about railroad super-engines. See more »

 Railroad Technology

Railroad technology has greatly changed the way in which railroads conduct business. Learn about some of the developments in railroad technology. See more »

 Railroad Test

A railroad test checks to make sure the train car is safe for use on the railways. Find out how a railroad test is conducted in this section. See more »

 The Union Pacific Railroad

The Union Pacific railroad almost joined with the Southern Pacific lines in 1909. Learn about the Union Pacific railroad in this section. See more »

 The Reagan Administration

The Reagan administration played a big role in modern American history. Learn more about the Reagan administration at HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Black Power Movement

The Black Power Movement is an important aspect of American history. Learn more about the Black Power Movement at HowStuffWorks. See more »