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Ch 44: MTTC History: The Cold War & U.S. Politics

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Explore events of the Cold War and nuances of U.S. politics in preparation for the MTTC History exam. Meet key figures of this period and study the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

MTTC History: The Cold War and U.S. Politics - Chapter Summary

Follow along as our instructors map out critical events of the Cold War period in the U.S. Get a refresher on the leaders of this period as you prepare to answer questions about U.S. politics during the Cold War on the MTTC History exam. You'll be ready for the exam after reviewing such key concepts as:

  • Traditionalism, revisionism and post-revisionism
  • Causes and effects of the Korean War and U.S. involvement
  • Definition and causes of McCarthyism
  • The Red Scare and its effects
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower's role in the Cold War
  • John F. Kennedy's actions during the Cold War
  • Causes and conflicts of the Vietnam War

This series of lessons offers a flexible and fun method for getting ready for the MTTC History exam. Larger concepts are broken down into easily digestible chunks that help you easily retain critical info. You'll also find video tags that you can use to review main points from each video to be ready for questions about the Cold War and U.S. politics on the exam.

Objectives of the MTTC History: The Cold War and U.S. Politics Chapter

Before you can become a history teacher in Michigan, you'll need to take the MTTC History exam as part of the licensure process. This exam is designed to test your comprehension of historical, economic and political concepts in preparation to teach students about these topics. You'll be asked about the Cold War and politics in America in the U.S. history subarea of the exam, which constitutes 33% of the entire test. Like the other three sections, this subarea features multiple-choice questions. Prepare for these questions, including their content and format, by taking the self-assessment quizzes we include with our lessons. Also, utilize our chapter exam to practice before taking the MTTC History exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 44: MTTC History: The Cold War & U.S. Politics
Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

1. Approaches Toward the Cold War: Traditionalism, Revisionism & Post-Revisionism

The study of the Cold War has produced a voluminous amount of interpretation. In this lesson, you will learn about the various schools of thought, including realism, traditionalism, revisionism and post-revisionism.

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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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