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Ch 14: American History 1900 to 1950

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This engaging chapter will cover the major events in American history from 1900 to 1950. You'll be able to learn about the political landscape of this time period in America and recognize the events that led the country into and out of two World Wars.

American History 1900 to 1950 - Chapter Summary

Join our historians, as they guide you through the dynamics of the United States of America from 1900-1950. You can learn about turning points in American and world history, ranging from the 1912 election to the end of World War II. This chapter also helps you to understand the forces behind the Great Depression and the impact of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. You'll also explore America's reason for joining and its contribution to both World Wars. When you have finished this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Describe the significance and political landscape surrounding the 1912 election
  • Analyze America's contributions to World War I and II
  • Explain the Treaty of Versailles and describe the purpose of the League of Nations
  • Create a timeline of events leading to the Great Depression
  • Describe the First New Deal and what it did for Americans
  • Explain the significance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the D-Day invasion

Our professional instructors present this chapter through short, engaging videos designed to maximize your learning. To enhance your study, text transcripts are provided and the video player has a Timeline feature that allows you to quickly review the main ideas of each lesson. When you are ready, there is also a self-assessment quiz accompanying each lesson. Use these to evaluate your own level of understanding. Be sure to track your progress throughout the course on your Dashboard.

7 Lessons in Chapter 14: American History 1900 to 1950
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Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance

1. Presidential Election of 1912: Candidates, Platforms & Significance

The presidential election of 1912 was a four-way race that brought out third party candidates and a former president. Learn about the candidates, their platforms and Woodrow Wilson's major accomplishments.

American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

2. American Involvement in World War I: How the War Changed After America's Entry

As much as the U.S. wanted to stay neutral during World War I, it proved impossible. This meant the U.S. had to raise the forces and money to wage war. Find out how Americans played their part in WWI in this lesson.

End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

3. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

4. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

5. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the First New Deal: The First 100 Days

President Franklin Roosevelt's first New Deal program represented an aggressive legislative campaign to relieve American suffering and end the Great Depression. Learn more about the first 100 days of the New Deal.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

6. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II

On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.

The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

7. The D-Day Invasion: The Beginning of the End of Nazi Germany

Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied Western Europe, began with the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, with Hitler's last stand taking place at the Battle of the Bulge. Learn about these and other events that contributed to the end of Nazi Germany.

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