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America & the Cold War - Chapter Summary
Learn about or brush up on your existing knowledge of America and the Cold War using the learning and study tools in this entertaining chapter. Fun lessons closely examine the impact of the Cold War on American life, the United States' involvement in the Korean War, the impact of the Cold War on race and racism in the U.S., American dissent during the Vietnam War and more. Check your knowledge of concepts covered in each lesson by taking multiple-choice quizzes. Our comprehensive exam assesses your understanding of the entire chapter. After utilizing these resources, you will be ready and able to do the following:
- Discuss domestic and foreign politics in the post-war era
- Define and share causes and early events of the Cold War
- Summarize the impact of the nuclear arms race on Cold War politics
- Discuss technology and education in Cold War America
- Explain the roles of Eisenhower, Kennedy and Reagan during the Cold War
- Detail the causes and effects of McCarthyism and the Red Scare
- Outline events in Latin America during the Cold War
- Share the causes and effects of the Vietnam War
- List events that led to the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973
1. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy
In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.
2. The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events
The period of distrust between the Soviet Union and United States was known as the Cold War. Learn about the origins of the era, essential events and the shaping of the national security state.
3. The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics
In this lesson, we will examine the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place throughout the post-war era. We will learn why this arms race took place, and we will highlight key developments associated with it.
4. The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life
Fear of communism and nuclear annihilation spread throughout the United States during the Cold War. Learn about the effects of the Cold War on everyday life and the determination of Americans to prepare for and combat the communist menace.
5. Education & Technology in Cold War America
In this lesson, we will learn about the relationship between education, and the Cold War in the United States. We will explore how competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union spurred American investments in education and technology.
6. United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects
The Korean War was a short but bloody war with more than five million casualties. Find out what caused this deadly and destructive war, how the United States came to be involved and how the war affected Korea and its allies.
7. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War
President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.
8. McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects
The fear of communism, known as the Red Scare, led to a national witch hunt for suspected communist supporters, which was known as McCarthyism. Learn about the rise of McCarthyism and the Red Scare, the impact of McCarthyism on American society and the legacy of the short-lived fear campaign.
9. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War
Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.
10. Events in Latin America During the Cold War
This lesson will discuss Latin America and the Cold War. It will highlight Guatemala, Nicaragua, Cuba. It will also discuss the tensions between the US and the former Soviet Union.
11. Impact of the Cold War on Race & Racism in America
In this lesson we'll examine how racial issues impacted America during the Cold War. Learn how the Soviet Union used America's racial strife as a propaganda tool, and explore the connection between Cold War politics and the Civil Rights Movement.
12. The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects
The Vietnam War was the longest and most polarizing conflict in the history of the United States. Learn about the causes of the war as well as its effects on the United States.
13. American Dissent During the Vietnam War
This lesson looks at the anti-war protests that gripped the United States during the Vietnam War. Learn about the student activism and congressional amendments that attempted to stop the conflict.
14. The Paris Peace Accords in 1973: Nixon, Kissinger & North Vietnam
It was a long and daunting journey toward the signing of the Paris Peace Accords in 1973. Learn about the history of the negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam, as well as the final outcome, in this lesson.
15. Primary Source: New York Times' Article on Tribute to Vietnam Dead
In 1982, the Vietnam War, and the times of extreme social turbulence that it helped catalyze, remained within living memory. In March, construction ended on a Washington, D.C., war memorial that simply listed the names of the dead.
16. Ronald Reagan & The Cold War
In this lesson, we'll learn about the role Ronald Reagan played in the Cold War. We'll explore his foreign policy, his attitudes toward communism and the Soviet Union, and we'll focus specifically on his role in ending the Cold War.
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Other chapters within the History 309: War & American Society course
- Introduction to War & American Society
- War & the American Colonies
- The American Revolutionary War
- America & the War of 1812
- American Conflicts & Wars Between 1820-1860
- The American Civil War Overview
- America & the Indian Wars
- America, War & Imperialism in the 1890s
- America in World War I
- America in World War II
- U.S. Conflicts & Wars Post-Cold War
- American Conflicts & Wars in the 21st Century
- Required Assignments for History 309