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Ch 22: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1946-1979)

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Refresh your knowledge of politics in the U.S. after World War II through the end of the 1970s as you prepare for the MTTC Political Science exam. Use our lessons to get information on the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandal.

MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1946-1979) - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to brush up on U.S. political events and personalities from 1946 through 1979. As you prepare to take the MTTC Political Science exam, you can review the following topics:

  • Domestic and foreign policies following World War II
  • The counter-culture of World War II
  • The Cold War
  • Causes and impact of the Korean War
  • Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare
  • The Great Society Program
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and '60s
  • The student and women's movements
  • Nixon's foreign policies
  • Conflict in the Middle East, including the oil embargo
  • Roe v. Wade
  • The Watergate scandal and Richard Nixon's resignation

You can watch these short lessons as your schedule permits, whether on a computer or mobile device. Our instructors know how to make your review experience fun, and you can contact them if you have additional questions.

Objectives of the MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1946-1979) Chapter

In Michigan, passing the MTTC Political Science exam is one of the requirements for certification to teach this subject. The exam is divided into four subareas, and the material covered in this chapter is in the subarea on interdisciplinary perspectives, which makes up 30% of the test's total score. Questions on the topics covered in this chapter look at the connection between political science and history.

The exam consists of multiple-choice questions. Some stand alone, while others ask you to read a passage, and then answer several related questions. The self-assessment quizzes that accompany each of our lessons offer practice answering questions in this format, as well as letting you gauge your knowledge and see where you need extra study.

16 Lessons in Chapter 22: MTTC Political Science: U.S. Politics (1946-1979)
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Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

1. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

2. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 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.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

7. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

8. 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

9. 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.

The Student Movement of the 1960s

10. The Student Movement of the 1960s

The societal disillusion felt by the younger generation of the 1950s was translated into a massive student movement during the 1960s. Learn about the formation of the movement, its campaigns and its inevitable end.

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

11. 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

12. 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 Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

13. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.

Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

14. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

15. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

16. Foreign Policies of President Nixon: Vietnamization & Detente

President Richard Nixon entered office in 1969 with the hope of easing international relations and honorably ending the war in Vietnam. Learn about his various attempts at securing international peace.

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