Ch 30: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Politics Post-WWII

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Before you sit for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies examination, get a handle on U.S. politics after World War II. This chapter contains a series of video lessons that will enable you to learn more about the topic.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Politics Post-WWII - Chapter Summary

Take a look at the state of U.S. politics following World War II. Use these lessons to become better-versed on key conflicts that the U.S. was involved in following the second World War. That way, you'll be ready when the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies testing day arrives. The videos will provide you with information about challenges Americans faced following the war. You can also discover some of the causes of Desert Storm and the Korean War. After you view the lessons, you should be able to:

  • Describe American politics during the post-war era
  • Discuss the political influence of the two world super powers
  • Explore Americans' fears during the Cold War
  • Outline Cold War-related conflicts
  • Describe President Johnson's Vietnam War strategies
  • Explore the events that preceded the Cold War's ending
  • Identify key figures of the Gulf War
  • List some of the controversies of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars
  • Explain the causes of the rise in terrorism
  • Define global stratification

Made up of several focused segments that discuss different aspects of U.S. politics after World War II, the instructor-narrated videos generally run less than ten minutes. Once you've logged into the website with your tablet, laptop or desktop computer, you can access each segment individually by using the video tags under the timeline feature. Read through the lesson transcripts as you're listening to the videos' narration, or study them after you've watched the videos. When you feel that you've absorbed the facts, take the self-assessment quizzes to be sure.

12 Lessons in Chapter 30: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: U.S. Politics Post-WWII
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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.

Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

11. Rise of Terrorism since 1990: Causes & Major Events

In this lesson, we explore the diverse and dangerous rise of terrorism, specifically that sponsored by Islamic extremism, since 1990, as well as the current terrorist threats posed to the world today.

Global Stratification Definition: Differences in Income Levels and Poverty

12. Global Stratification Definition: Differences in Income Levels and Poverty

In this lesson, we define global stratification and discuss how nations are stratified. We discuss the outdated three-world model as well as the current differences between high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries.

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