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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a post-World War II unit of a standard post-Civil War U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- The Berlin Airlift
- Reconstruction of Japan's government
- The descent of the Iron Curtain
- Post-war American politics
- The counter-culture in America after the war
1. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan
In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.
2. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government
In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.
3. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain
In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.
4. 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.
5. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s
In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.
6. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America
In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.
7. Readjustment & Recovery After WWII
World War II changed quite a lot in American society. In this lesson, we'll see how the United States attempted to adjust to all of this change, both at home and abroad.
8. Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII
Although Truman inherited FDR's presidency, he found himself living in a very different world than his predecessor. In this lesson, we'll explore Truman's Fair Deal and see how it reflected changes in postwar America.
9. Truman vs Dewey: The Election of 1948
The 1948 election between incumbent Democratic President Harry S. Truman and Republican Thomas E. Dewey is considered the greatest election upset in American history by most historians.
10. Dwight D. Eisenhower vs. Adlai Stevenson: The Election of 1952
American presidential elections can get pretty heated. In this lesson, we're going to check out the election of 1952 and see how Americans chose between Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.
11. The Affluent Society of the 1950s
Americans tend to have very distinct impressions of the 1950s, but why? In this lesson, we'll explore the influence of wealth in this era and see how it defined a generation.
12. 1950s Life in the United States
During the 1950s, a new and growing middle class gained a great deal of power and influence in America with a lifestyle to match. However, not everything was perfect, as the plights of women and racial minorities were far from picturesque.
13. Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s
In the 1950s, the per capita income in the U.S. may have been thousands of dollars less than it is today, but advertising was already a multibillion dollar industry! Find out what they were selling in this lesson on consumerism.
14. 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.
15. Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s
The ways in which people got information changed dramatically during the 1950s. While no technology would be completely doomed, this lesson shows how the seeds were planted for a revolution in media in the decades to come.
16. Music in the 1950s: Rock 'n' Roll & Jazz
Before the 1950s, music was dominated by big bands at concerts that required a dinner jacket. After the 1950s, concerts were held at prisons. Needless to say, music changed a great deal, as this lesson explains.
17. Urban Poverty in the U.S. in the 1950s
While many of us may think of the 1950s as a time of great prosperity, that wasn't the case for everyone. In fact, during that decade, the condition of many in America's largest cities actually greatly deteriorated.
18. Cars & Culture in the U.S. in the 1950s
Prior to World War II, cars were luxuries for many - even if they were old variations of the original Ford Model T. After the war, muscle cars and convertibles were created to cater to this new car culture.
19. Culture of 1960s America
In this lesson, you'll explore America of the 1960s, including the characteristics of the counterculture movement and the impact of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War on the United States.
20. German War Reparations in WWI & WWII
War is a very expensive thing. It devastates countries, ruins cities, and damages infrastructure. After World War I and World War II, Germany was responsible for paying off large debts to the rest of Europe for causing two world wars.
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