Ch 43: Major Social & Political U.S. Movements During the Postwar Period

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Ensure you fully understand the major social and political movements in the U.S. during the postwar period by reviewing this chapter. You can use this resource with your tablet, smartphone or computer as you study for an exam or finish your homework.

Major Social & Political U.S. Movements During the Postwar Period - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, we've included a series of lessons about the major political and social movements in the United States during the postwar period. Watch short video lessons about the Civil Rights movement, the women's movement and civil disobedience. After you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the Civil Rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Define civil disobedience
  • Explain the causes of the women's movement and its impact on the U.S.
  • Outline other important activist movements of the late '60s and early '70s
  • Describe the purpose and effects of the Asian-American movement
  • Identify the legacy and beliefs of hippies and the counterculture movement
  • Detail the timeline and activism of the gay rights movement

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8 Lessons in Chapter 43: Major Social & Political U.S. Movements During the Postwar Period
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The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

1. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

2. 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.

What Is Civil Disobedience? - Definition, Acts & Examples

3. What Is Civil Disobedience? - Definition, Acts & Examples

Change never comes easy. Read on to learn about civil disobedience, its origins, tactics used in non-violent protest, and examples of civil disobedience throughout history.

The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

4. 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.

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

5. 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.

The Asian American Movement: Purpose & Effects

6. The Asian American Movement: Purpose & Effects

The generation that grew-up post-World War II found many things to protest about, as they reshaped their place in American society. In this lesson, we'll examine the origins of the Asian American movement, and see how it fit within the protests of the era.

Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

7. Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

The 1960s were a period of tension and turbulence for much of the U.S. The counterculture attempted to promote an alternative lifestyle that encouraged peace, love and freedom. Learn more about its origins, beliefs and legacy.

Gay Rights Movement: Timeline & Activism

8. Gay Rights Movement: Timeline & Activism

Through this lesson, you will be given a brief introduction to the gay rights movement, including highlights of important events from the last 50 years. When you are through with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with a quiz.

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