Ch 20: HiSET: The Cold War (1950-1973)

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Prepare for Cold War-related questions on the HiSET Social Studies exam with help from our video lessons and quizzes. The Cold War in America, McCarthyism and JFK are just some of the topics covered in this chapter.

The Cold War (1950-1973) - Chapter Summary

Brush up on your Cold War history though these entertaining videos designed to prepare you for the HiSET Social Studies exam. The video lessons in this chapter can help you review the following topics:

  • Causes of the Cold War
  • U.S. involvement in the Korean War
  • The Red Scare
  • Effects of the Cold War in America
  • Eisenhower and Kennedy and the Cold War
  • Cause and effects of the Vietnam War

These topics are covered through multiple video lessons and transcripts that you can access online at any time from any place. There are also multiple-choice quizzes and tests you can use to test your comprehension of this historical event.

HiSET Social Studies Objectives

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam that several states use instead of the GED. It tests students' knowledge in five subject areas: math, science, social studies, reading and writing. The Social Studies exam consists of 50 questions that must be answered within 70 minutes. The multiple-choice questions include material from a range of subject areas; around 38% of these are history questions. The videos and quizzes included in this chapter can help you review topics related to the Cold War and prepare for possible history questions on this subject.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: HiSET: The Cold War (1950-1973)
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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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

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.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

7. 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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