Ch 16: 20th Century Developments in the U.S.

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Included in this chapter are video lessons that will teach you about major 20th-century developments in the United States. Watch these lessons for overviews of key topics and their historical significance.

20th Century Developments in the U.S. - Chapter Summary

Learning about the major developments in 20th-century American history is much easier if you use the helpful video lessons we have included in this chapter. Each of these lessons will provide a concise but comprehensive overview of key developments in U.S. history over during the 20th century.

The lessons are divided into different thematic topics, and will go over the major historical trends and events in these areas over the past hundred years. Our lesson instructors will share their expertise with you by going over all topics point-by-point so as to ensure that you understand all relevant facts. Specific topics you will learn about are:

  • The role of the individual in American politics
  • Kinds of assembly lines
  • The history and overview of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Advancements in American science and technology after 1945 and during the 1950s
  • American religion and philosophy subsequent to 1945
  • Art and culture in the U.S. since 1945
  • Advancements in science during the 21st century
  • Terrorism in the 20th Century
  • Understanding history through cause-and-effect relationships

Each lesson contains video tags that will help you locate the main topics covered in each lesson without having to start the video from the beginning. The chapter also contains complete transcripts of every video, which you can print out and study at a later time. You may test your knowledge with the quizzes and submit your questions to the experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 16: 20th Century Developments in the U.S.
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The Individual's Role in 20th Century U.S. Politics

1. The Individual's Role in 20th Century U.S. Politics

In this lesson we will examine the role the individual in 20th century U.S. politics. We will highlight key themes and developments to show how the role of the individual has expanded throughout the course of 20th century American politics.

Assembly Lines: History & Types

2. Assembly Lines: History & Types

The assembly line is a manufacturing process that has become a key component of the industrial age. On an assembly line, parts are added to a product in a sequential manner to create a finished product.

The Origins of Civil Rights: History & Overview

3. The Origins of Civil Rights: History & Overview

Most people know that a major victory for civil rights was won when the slaves were freed after the American Civil War, but that was just the beginning. In this lesson, we'll look at civil rights and the Civil Rights Movement in America.

Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s

4. Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s

The 'Space Age' and the 'Atomic Age' are some of the words we use to categorize the 1950s. This lesson takes a look at some of the scientific achievements of that period, ranging from nuclear energy and rockets to DNA and vacuum cleaners.

The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

5. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact

In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.

Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

6. Religion & Philosophy Since 1945

In this lesson, we explore some of the major developments in the world of ideas since the end of World War II, from the increased public engagement of professional philosophy and Catholicism to the growth of Islam.

Social & Political Developments Since 1945

7. Social & Political Developments Since 1945

In this lesson, we examine several social and political developments in the United States and in Western Europe since 1945, from the civil rights movement to the creation of the European Union.

Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

8. Art & Culture Since 1945: Types & Artists

In this lesson, we explore the art and culture of post-World War II Western society, from the fledgling television programming to the disparate directions of 20th-century art.

Scientific Advances in the 21st Century

9. Scientific Advances in the 21st Century

Think that science hasn't changed the world in the past 20 years? Hopefully, you don't have the audacity to think that while watching this on a smart phone! This lesson details how the space race and the internet forever changed science.

Terrorism Around the World

10. Terrorism Around the World

In this lesson, you'll explore the major terrorist threats of the modern world, including both al-Qaeda and ISIL. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

11. Understanding History Through Cause-and-Effect Relationships

Did you know that the seeds of the destruction of the Ming Dynasty were planted in 1492? Or an accidental suntan launched a multi-billion dollar industry? Cause and effect relationships are at the core of understanding history.

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