Ch 21: Political & Social Change Post-WWII

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This chapter digs into key issues and figures related to political and social change post-WWII, with engaging video lessons taught by professional instructors making for a painless studying session.

Political & Social Change Post-WWII - Chapter Summary

The lessons of this chapter explore major political and social changes after WWII as well as the people involved with them. The chapter discusses key presidencies and the effects of subsequent wars on America. Causes of change are fleshed out in a step-by-step fashion, with lessons delving into the following topics:

  • Baby boomers
  • John F. Kennedy's assassination
  • Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and the Great Society program
  • McCarthyism
  • The Cold War and the Vietnam War
  • American citizens' response to the Vietnam War
  • Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on America

Both the video and transcript of each lesson include features designed to aid navigation, with the timeline underneath the videos allowing you to hop around main points. The bolded print within the transcripts make it easy to spot key terms. And, after you read or watch a lesson, you'll also have the chance to test your understanding of it with a printable practice quiz.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Political & Social Change Post-WWII
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What Are Baby Boomers? - Definition, Age & Characteristics

1. What Are Baby Boomers? - Definition, Age & Characteristics

Baby boomers have shaped the cultural landscape for more than 60 years and will continue to have a significant influence as they move into the so-called 'retirement years.' Learn who these baby boomers are and what caused the boom along with key characteristics of this fascinating demographic group. Finally, test your knowledge with quiz questions.

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

2. The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

In this lesson, we'll learn about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its aftermath and the subsequent investigations, as well as some of the resulting conspiracy theories.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

3. 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.

Lyndon Johnson's Path to the Presidency

4. Lyndon Johnson's Path to the Presidency

Few politicians went from unknown to nation-wide players as quickly as Lyndon Johnson did. This lesson explains his rise from congressional staffer to Vice President, and how he didn't always see eye to eye with those around him.

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 Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

6. 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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

7. 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.

Domestic Responses to the War in Vietnam

8. Domestic Responses to the War in Vietnam

In this lesson, we will learn about the domestic responses to the Vietnam War. We will explore the impact the war had upon American society and learn how the American people felt about it.

Post-War Issues: Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on the U.S.

9. Post-War Issues: Aftereffects of the Vietnam War on the U.S.

The defeat of the United States in the Vietnam War gripped the nation in the decades that followed. Learn more about the post-war years, including policy, veteran affairs and the American psyche, in this lesson.

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