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Ch 6: 20th Century American Vice Presidents

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It's easy to review American vice presidents from the 20th century with the helpful lessons in this chapter. Our lessons and multiple-choice quizzes are a great way to catch up on missed class time, finish your homework or prepare for a project.

20th Century American Vice Presidents - Chapter Summary

In this engaging chapter, our instructors cover American vice presidents of the 20th century in short, easy-to-follow lessons. You'll learn about the lives and notable accomplishments of Henry A. Wallace, John Nance Garner and more. All of our learning tools are available to you 24 hours a day on your mobile device or computer for easy studying. If you're getting ready to take a test or just want to measure your understanding, take the multiple-choice quizzes that accompany each lesson. Our instructors are available to offer help if you need it. Once you complete this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Relate biographical information about Charles W. Fairbanks and John Nance Garner
  • Explain the role Henry A. Wallace played in the Cold War
  • Describe Wallace's role as the Secretary of Agriculture
  • Reference quotes given by Alben W. Barkley
  • Detail the life of Dan Quayle as well as his relationship to Murphy Brown
  • Discuss Dan Quayle's connection to Lloyd Bensten

30 Lessons in Chapter 6: 20th Century American Vice Presidents
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Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks: Biography & Quotes

1. Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, we will cover one of the 20th centuries' many vice presidents; we will explore the life of Vice President Charles W. Fairbanks through his more famous quotes.

Vice President John Nance Garner: Biography & Quotes

2. Vice President John Nance Garner: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson we'll learn about Vice President John Nance Garner. We will learn about his early life and accomplishments as we explore his biography and are introduced to his colorful character through his quotes.

Vice President Henry A. Wallace: Biography & Quotes

3. Vice President Henry A. Wallace: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson we will discuss the life of Vice President Henry Wallace, who served under Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. The lesson will look closely at his ideals through some of his quotes.

Henry A. Wallace & the Cold War

4. Henry A. Wallace & the Cold War

In search of source information about the Cold War? This lesson has what you are looking for. This lesson will cover Henry A. Wallace's role in and viewpoints surrounding the Cold War.

Henry A. Wallace as Secretary of Agriculture

5. Henry A. Wallace as Secretary of Agriculture

In this lesson, you will learn about Henry Wallace's early career and path to becoming Secretary of Agriculture under Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

Vice President Alben W. Barkley: Biography & Quotes

6. Vice President Alben W. Barkley: Biography & Quotes

If you are looking for lessons on politicians who played key roles in WWI, the Great Depression, WWII, and/or the Korean War-this lesson is just for you. This lesson will cover the life of the multifaceted statesman Alben William Barkley.

Vice President Dan Quayle: Biography & Quotes

7. Vice President Dan Quayle: Biography & Quotes

Dan Quayle served as the 44th Vice President of the United States, from 1989-1993. Among his successes in office, he is also known for some of the more interesting misstatements he made during his time.

Dan Quayle & Murphy Brown

8. Dan Quayle & Murphy Brown

In 1992, then-Vice President Dan Quayle referenced the fictional TV character Murphy Brown in a campaign speech to make a point about family values, which created controversy for both the politician and actress.

Lloyd Bentsen & Dan Quayle

9. Lloyd Bentsen & Dan Quayle

We don't spend a lot of time talking about vice presidential debates, but this one is worth a moment of consideration. In this lesson, we'll explore the now-famous exchange between these two candidates and see what impact it had on politics of the time.

Vice President Thomas R. Marshall: Biography & Quotes

10. Vice President Thomas R. Marshall: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, you'll learn about the life of Thomas R. Marshall, one of the 20th centuries' wartime U.S. vice presidents, through a short biography and two of his more famous quotes.

Walter Mondale: Biography & Facts

11. Walter Mondale: Biography & Facts

Walter Mondale was an American vice president. In this lesson, we are going to explore his life and political career, and see how he impacted American history as second-in-command.

Walter Mondale vs. Ronald Reagan

12. Walter Mondale vs. Ronald Reagan

This article is an overview of the 1984 Presidential election between Democrat Walter Mondale and Republican President Ronald Reagan, one of the largest landslides in American electoral history.

Vice President Charles G. Dawes: Biography, Facts & Quotes

13. Vice President Charles G. Dawes: Biography, Facts & Quotes

In this lesson we will discuss one of the 20th century's many vice presidents. This lesson will cover the life of Vice President Charles G. Dawes, and explore some of his famous quotes.

Vice President Hubert Humphrey: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

14. Vice President Hubert Humphrey: Biography, Facts & Accomplishments

Hubert Humphrey came from a small town that few people have heard and accomplished much in his life, both personally and politically. He served in the U.S. Senate and as vice president. Review this brief biography to learn facts about his life.

Hubert Humphrey & The Cold War

15. Hubert Humphrey & The Cold War

For anyone interested in learning more about the Cold War and its major players, Hubert Humphrey should be a name you recognize. This lesson will cover Hubert Humphrey's role in and opinions regarding the Cold War.

Hubert Humphrey: Presidential Campaign & Platform

16. Hubert Humphrey: Presidential Campaign & Platform

In this lesson, we will learn about the 1968 Presidential Campaign of Hubert Humphrey, the Democratic Party's nominee. We will also look at the 1968 Democratic Party Platform, which described the priorities of the party in domestic and foreign policy.

Hubert Humphrey & The Wilderness Act

17. Hubert Humphrey & The Wilderness Act

Hubert Humphrey was an American vice president, but he was an important political figure before that. In this lesson, we'll check out his role in passing the Wilderness Act and see how it impacted his political career.

Vice President Spiro Agnew: Biography & Facts

18. Vice President Spiro Agnew: Biography & Facts

Many people know about the scandal associated with President Richard Nixon, but fewer know about the legal problems surrounding his vice president, Spiro Agnew. In this lesson you will become an expert on Spiro Agnew.

Vice President Nelson Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Quotes

19. Vice President Nelson Rockefeller: Biography, Facts & Quotes

Nelson Rockefeller was the second person ever appointed to be vice president as opposed to being elected. He had a long, distinguished career in politics. Read on to learn more.

Nelson Rockefeller & The Cold War

20. Nelson Rockefeller & The Cold War

Those in search of information on American politicians of the Cold War era would find this lesson full of information. This lesson will cover Nelson Rockefeller's role in the Cold War from its very beginnings through the 1950s.

Nelson Rockefeller: Legacy & Accomplishments

21. Nelson Rockefeller: Legacy & Accomplishments

This lesson will cover the legacy and accomplishments of Nelson A. Rockefeller. Continue reading to learn more about this former vice president of the United States.

Vice President James S. Sherman: Biography, Accomplishments & Facts

22. Vice President James S. Sherman: Biography, Accomplishments & Facts

Progressive or conservative? This question split the Republicans in the early 20th century. In this lesson, we will take a look at the achievements and interesting facts of Vice President James S. Sherman, conservative Republican from New York.

Vice President Charles Curtis: Biography & Facts

23. Vice President Charles Curtis: Biography & Facts

Charles Curtis was the 31st Vice President of the United States and the first person with Native American heritage to be elected to the office. Let's take a look at the life of Vice President Curtis and some interesting facts about him.

The Vice Presidency of George H.W. Bush

24. The Vice Presidency of George H.W. Bush

George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States. In this lesson, however, we're going to look at his experiences as the Vice President, and see how those years shaped his career.

The Vice Presidency of Al Gore

25. The Vice Presidency of Al Gore

Before becoming the famed environmentalist, Al Gore was vice president for eight years under the leadership of President Bill Clinton. Successfully aiding the President with multiple projects and undertaking tasks that have changed the world, Vice President Al Gore was at the forefront of several issues that currently impact our daily lives. While he started his political career as a senator, it was the vice presidency that truly launched his potential and his influence, lasting to this date.

Al Gore's Congressional Career

26. Al Gore's Congressional Career

In this lesson, you will learn about Al Gore's career in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, including his stances on domestic, foreign, and social issues.

The Gore-Lieberman Presidential Campaign

27. The Gore-Lieberman Presidential Campaign

In this lesson, you will learn about the 2000 Presidential campaign of Vice-President Al Gore and Senator Joseph Lieberman. You will learn about how the ticket came to be, the key agenda items, as well as issues during the campaign.

Vice President Al Gore's Military Service

28. Vice President Al Gore's Military Service

We take the military records of political leaders seriously. In this lesson, we will check out the record of Vice President Al Gore, and see how he was impacted by the Vietnam War.

Al Gore, Environmentalist: Issues, Contribution & Awards

29. Al Gore, Environmentalist: Issues, Contribution & Awards

A pioneering environmentalist, Al Gore, has changed how most of us think about the condition of our planet. Find out the ways this activist and leader inspires a generation of global citizens in the quest for a better world.

Theodore Roosevelt as Vice President

30. Theodore Roosevelt as Vice President

In this lesson we will learn about the vice presidency of Theodore Roosevelt, one American history's most dynamic figures. We will examine what led to his decision to accept the office, and highlight key themes and developments surrounding his role as vice president.

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