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You'll learn all of the social studies topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- The 1960 election and presidency of John F. Kennedy, including the New Frontier
- Space race between the U.S. and U.S.S.R, the Apollo program and moon landing
- Crises during JFK's administration: Cuban Revolution, Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis
- President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas
- Civil rights, women's and other activist movements during the 60s and 70s
- LBJ's Great Society and the war in Vietnam
- Richard Nixon's presidency, Watergate scandal and resignation
- Presidencies of Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter
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1. The Election of 1960: Kennedy vs. Nixon
In this lesson, we will be learning about the exciting election of 1960. We will learn about the men running for president in this election (John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon) and why this election was important.
2. JFK's New Frontier: Definition, Speech & Program
John F. Kennedy's presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 laid out his 'New Frontier' policy. Learn about the speech and the programs, and check your understanding with a quiz.
3. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline
In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.
4. Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis
In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between communism and the country of Cuba. We will focus specifically on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
5. The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
In this lesson, we'll learn about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its aftermath and the subsequent investigations, as well as some of the resulting conspiracy theories.
6. The First Moon Landing: Apollo Program & Astronauts
In this lesson, we will learn about the first moon landing in 1969. We will learn about the astronauts involved and highlight key facts from this important event. We will also discuss the Apollo program and the United States' race to space.
7. 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.
8. The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Definition, Summary & Facts
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provided protection for minorities against discriminatory practices in voting. We'll consider its historical background, its provisions, its amendments, and its recent interpretation by the Supreme Court.
9. Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s
The 1960s represented a decade of dissent in America. While there were large social campaigns throughout the nation, the goal of this lesson is to recognize smaller activist movements involving Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and the environment.
10. The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US
The women's movement of the 1960s ushered in a new wave of feminism that sought to address the national issues of gender. Learn about the movement, its leaders and the ultimate outcome for women in the United States.
11. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program
The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.
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. 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.
14. Gerald Ford: Biography, Presidency & Facts
This lesson discusses the life and times of President Gerald Ford. Learn more about his personal and political life on the way to becoming the 38th President of the United States.
15. Jimmy Carter as President: Election, Foreign Policy & Accomplishments
President James 'Jimmy' Carter was elected president in 1976. Learn about the 39th President of the United States' foreign and domestic policies, including his successes and failures.
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- Chapter 1: People & Geography - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 2: A Nation Divides - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 3: The Civil War & Reconstruction - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 4: New Frontiers - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 5: New Industries & People - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 6: Growth & Change - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 7: World War I - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 8: The Roaring Twenties - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 9: The Great Depression & the New Deal - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 10: World War II Begins - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 11: The Allies Win the War - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 12: The Years After the War - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 14: Into Modern Times - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 15: People & Economy - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present
- Chapter 16: People & Government - Harcourt Social Studies US Civil War - Present