Ch 52: Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)

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Use our video lessons to refresh your knowledge of the events and personalities of the Cold War period. Get information on the policies and actions of the U.S. presidents during this time.

Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973) - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons will help your review information on the causes and impact of the Cold War. Learn about the events that started the ideological impasse, and examine causes of the Korean War. Look at McCarthyism and see how the Cold War impacted everyday Americans.

Examine the policies of several U.S. presidents, and find out more about the Vietnam War. After completing these video lessons, you should be able to:

  • Name some causes and early events of the Cold War
  • Analyze U.S. involvement in the Korean War
  • Identify causes and effects of the Red Scare in the U.S.
  • Tell how the Cold War impacted life in America
  • Look at Harry Truman's Fair Deal and economic policies
  • Discuss the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy as they relate to the Cold War
  • Describe the causes and effects of the Vietnam War

Our lively lessons average about five minutes and are developed by expert instructors. You can watch from anywhere on a computer, smartphone or tablet. The quizzes that follow each lesson allow you to assess your knowledge and determine where you need extra study.

8 Lessons in Chapter 52: Events & Presidents During the Cold War (1950-1973)
The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

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.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

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.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

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.

Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII

5. 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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

6. 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.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

7. 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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

8. 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.

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