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Ch 24: PLACE Elementary Education: US History from 1945

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Refresh your knowledge of modern U.S. history. These video lessons and quizzes will address facts about various historical events that occurred from 1945 to the present to prepare you for the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: U.S. History from 1945 - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to reinforce your existing knowledge or learn new facts about post-World War II U.S. history. These lessons cover events ranging from the Cold War to the Iraq War. Once you feel you have achieved proficiency in this area, you should be able to demonstrate the following and correctly answer questions you will encounter on the PLACE Elementary Education exam about:

  • The period of tension between the U.S. and Soviet Union known as the Cold War
  • Causes and U.S. involvement in the Korea and Vietnam Wars
  • Rise of the civil rights and other activist movements in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Roe v. Wade, the case that led to the legalization of abortion
  • Events leading to and during the Gulf War
  • 9/11 and the subsequent War on Terror
  • The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars

The lessons will cover all of the major details of each historical event, effectively preparing you for the test. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to assess your proficiency in this area prior to taking the PLACE Elementary Education exam.

PLACE Elementary Education: U.S. History from 1945 - Chapter Objectives

The U.S. History from 1945 chapter focuses on the major developments and impacts in the latter half of the 20th century to the present day. You can expect to be tested on this era in U.S. History in the Social Studies subtest of the PLACE Elementary Education exam. The exam is paper-administered and questions are in multiple-choice format.

11 Lessons in Chapter 24: PLACE Elementary Education: US History from 1945
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The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

1. 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

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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

3. 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.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

4. 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

5. 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.

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

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.

September 11th & the War on Terror

9. September 11th & the War on Terror

September 11, 2001 was a day of terrorist attacks by radical Islamists against the United States. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 people were killed. As a result, the United States launched a War on Terror that has lasted over a decade since.

The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy

10. 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

11. 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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