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Ch 34: NYSTCE Social Studies: American Politics, Post-WWII to Today

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Learn about American politics since WWII in this study chapter, and boost your chances of success on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. Our lessons come with quizzes and a practice exam to help ensure you are ready for the questions on the real test.

NYSTCE Social Studies: American Politics, Post-WWII to Today - Chapter Summary

These lessons take you through foreign and domestic policy in post-war America, the Cold War, and give you a breakdown all of the conflicts the United States has been involved in since WWII. This chapter is relevant to both Subarea I - History and Subarea IV - Civics, Citizenship, and Government, which make up respectively 35% and 16% of the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. Topics covered in this study chapter include:

  • Post-war politics in America
  • The Soviet Union and the United States
  • The Cold War
  • The Korean War
  • The Vietnam War
  • Desert Storm and the Gulf War
  • The war in Afghanistan
  • The Iraq War

Use our engaging video lessons and the written transcripts to cover the same information two different ways and enhance comprehension. The lesson quizzes have a link-back feature that allow you to review the video for any missed answers, and our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have as you study.

10 Lessons in Chapter 34: NYSTCE Social Studies: American Politics, Post-WWII to Today
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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.

Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

2. 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 in America: Effects on Everyday Life

3. 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.

Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

4. Conflicts During the Cold War: Examples & Causes

In this lesson, we explore several of the world's conflicts in the second half of the 20th century that ended up becoming proxy wars between the United States and the Soviet Union in their Cold War standoff.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

5. 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.

Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam

6. Johnson Americanizes the War in Vietnam

The path toward the full Americanization of the Vietnam War was a gradual process. Learn about President Lyndon B. Johnson's initial strategy, his response to North Vietnam and his decision for escalation in this video lesson.

The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

7. The End of the Cold War and Desert Storm

In this lesson, we will learn about the end of the Cold War and the Gulf War - also known as Desert Storm. We'll learn what led to these events and highlight the key themes associated with them.

Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

8. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War

The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

9. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.

Understanding the Iraq War

10. Understanding the Iraq War

The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.

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