Ch 18: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 18: Cold War Conflicts

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The Cold War Conflicts chapter of this McDougal Littell The Americans textbook companion course helps students learn the essential American history lessons of Cold War conflicts. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Cold War Conflicts textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in the McDougal Littell The Americans Cold War Conflicts chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Cold War conflicts topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union
  • Causes of the Cold War
  • The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan
  • The descent of the Iron Curtain
  • The Theory of Containment
  • The Chinese Revolution and creation of Taiwan
  • U.S. involvement in the Korean War
  • Effects of the Cold War on everyday life in America
  • McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • The nuclear arms race
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower's role in the Cold War
  • The Warsaw Pact
  • The life and achievements of Nikita Khrushchev
  • The space race
  • The fall of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War

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15 Lessons in Chapter 18: McDougal Littell The Americans Chapter 18: Cold War Conflicts
Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

1. 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.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

2. 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.

Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

3. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

4. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.

The Theory of Containment & the Birth of NATO

5. 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.

The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

6. The Chinese Revolution and Creation of Taiwan: History & Timeline

In this lesson we explore the long struggle between the Kuomintang and the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after WWII, and the subsequent creation of Taiwan after the communist victory.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

7. 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.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

8. 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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

9. 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 Effects of the Nuclear Arms Race on Cold War Politics

10. 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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

11. 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.

The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

12. The Collapse of the Communist BLOC and the Warsaw Pact

In this lesson, we explore the fall and breakup of the Warsaw Pact and Eastern Bloc of communist countries allied with, and client states of, the Soviet Union from after World War II until the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

13. Nikita Khrushchev: Life, Achievements & Policies

In this lesson, we explore the life and career of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. The country's leader after the death of Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev implemented several domestic reforms while also standing toe-to-toe with the West.

The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

14. The Space Race: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the 20th century's space race between the United States and the Soviet Union, where both superpowers competed to be the first in space and the first to reach the moon.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

15. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

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