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Ch 23: CBASE Social Studies: Modern American History

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These lessons cover the history of the United States from the late 19th century to the present day. As you review the information in this chapter, you will become better prepared for the social studies section of the CBASE exam.

CBASE Social Studies: Modern American History - Chapter Summary

Reinforce your knowledge of the progressive movement in the late 19th century and how it led into the events of the 20th century and the new millennium. These lessons will refresh and possibly expand your expertise in this turbulent era of United States history prior to taking the CBASE. You will review the following material as you work through the lessons:

  • The progressive movement in the United States
  • U.S. involvement in World Wars I and II
  • The Great Depression
  • The post-war years
  • The Cold War and Vietnam War
  • Civil rights movements
  • Nixon and Watergate
  • North American 21st century trade agreements
  • World Trade Center attack; war on terrorism
  • Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

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CBASE Social Studies: Modern American History Chapter Objectives

The CBASE exam tests your proficiency in social studies, mathematics, English and science in order to establish your readiness to enter a professional undergraduate education program/ Our Modern American History is targeted towards preparing you for questions in the social studies section. The exam includes 180 questions and all are multiple choice, requiring you to make the correct selection from a list of possible answers for each item on the test.

16 Lessons in Chapter 23: CBASE Social Studies: Modern American History
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Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

1. Progressive Politics: Definition, Reforms & Amendments

During the Progressive Era, from around 1900-1917, political reformers pushed for an end of abuse of power in politics and government. Learn how political reforms of the Progressive Era helped make government more responsive to the people, prompting changes at every level of government.

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.

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Western Civilization Since 1945: Timeline & Summary

5. Western Civilization Since 1945: Timeline & Summary

How has the Western world changed since the end of World War II? Learn about changes in politics, society and technology in this fast-paced summary of Western civilization since 1945.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

6. 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.

The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

7. The Korean War: Causes, Effects and The United Nations

In this lesson, we will examine the Korean War. We will explore the events leading up to the war, some of its most important battles, and also highlight the key themes associated with it.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

8. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

9. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

10. 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.

1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

11. 1968: The Year that Changed the Nation

The year of 1968 was a year of war in Southeast Asia, domestic clashes over racial equality and war and fallen leaders, including Dr. King and Robert Kennedy. Learn more about the year that changed the nation in this video lesson.

The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

12. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.

NAFTA & North American Integration: Reasons & Effects

13. NAFTA & North American Integration: Reasons & Effects

This lesson will explore the North American integration that occurred through NAFTA. In doing this, it will define tariffs, while also discussing the arguments for and against this famous agreement.

September 11th & the War on Terror

14. September 11th & the War on Terror

September 11, 2001 was a day of terrorist attacks by radical Islamists against the United States. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 people were killed. As a result, the United States launched a War on Terror that has lasted over a decade since.

Understanding the Iraq War

15. Understanding the Iraq War

The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

16. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.

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