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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
This chapter contains lessons and videos that allow for 24/7 access. If you need help with the material as you review it, submit questions through the Dashboard to one of our experts. As a helpful test prep tool, we've also included multiple-choice quizzes you can use to quickly assess your knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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