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You'll learn about all of the topics in the textbook chapter, including:
- Causes of the Cold War
- Containment and the creation of NATO
- Causes and effects of the Red Scare
- President Eisenhower's Cold War response
- President Kennedy's Cold War policies
- American life after WWII
- Post-WWII counter-culture groups
- The causes and impact of the Korean War
- The impact of the Cold War on American life
- The nuclear arms race
- The Bay of Pigs Invasion and Cuban Missile Crisis
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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. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union
In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.
3. The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO
In this lesson, we explore the foreign policy of the U.S. and Western Europe directly after WWII. We will look at its theory of containment regarding communism, and the birth of NATO.
4. 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.
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. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. The Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics
In this lesson, we will examine the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union that took place throughout the post-war era. We will learn why this arms race took place, and we will highlight key developments associated with it.
13. 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.
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- Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)
- Chapter 3: Colonies Take Root (1587-1752)
- Chapter 4: Life in the Colonies (1650-1750)
- Chapter 5: The Road to Revolution (1745-1776)
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- Chapter 8: Launching a New Nation (1789-1800)
- Chapter 9: The Era of Thomas Jefferson (1800-1815)
- Chapter 10: A Changing Nation (1815-1840)
- Chapter 11: North and South Take Different Paths (1800-1845)
- Chapter 12: An Age of Reform (1820-1860)
- Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)
- Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)
- Chapter 15: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the New South (1863-1896)
- Chapter 17: The West Transformed (1860-1896)
- Chapter 18: Industry and Urban Growth (1865-1915)
- Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)
- Chapter 20: The United States Looks Overseas (1853-1915)
- Chapter 21: World War I (1914-1919)
- Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)
- Chapter 23: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929-1941)
- Chapter 24: The World War II Era (1935-1945)
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- Chapter 27: The Vietnam Era (1954-1976)
- Chapter 28: New Directions for a Nation (1977-2000)
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