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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a causes of the Cold War unit of a standard post-Civil War U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- U.S. involvement in the Korean War
- McCarthyism and the Red Scare
- Effects of the Cold War on everyday life in America
- Dwight D. Eisenhower's and John F. Kennedy's roles in the Cold War
- Causes and effects of the Vietnam War
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Covert Fight Against Communism in Developing Nations
While we may now think of the CIA as particularly good spies, the events of the Cold War prove that at that time they were still working out exactly how to pull off a coup. This lesson looks at CIA involvement in Iran, Hungary, and Guatemala.
9. Massive Retaliation: Definition & Policy
In this lesson, we'll discuss and define the policy of massive retaliation. We'll explore why the United States used this as a policy during the Cold War, as well as some of its effects, successes and failures.
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