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Ch 18: Post-War and the Cold War - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Post-War and the Cold War unit of this Middle School U.S. History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about post-war America and Cold War events. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the events following the end of World War II. There is no faster or easier way to learn about post-war America and the Cold War. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the 26th Amendment, the election of 1960, the Vietnam War, the Red Scare and the Korean War..
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a post-war and the Cold War unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Post-War and the Cold War Unit Objectives:

  • Review post-war politics in America on the foreign and domestic fronts.
  • Examine the post-war culture of America in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • Learn about American counterculture after the war.
  • Explore the definition, causes and events of the Cold War.
  • Study the causes and effects of the country's involvement in the Korean War.
  • Understand the Red Scare and McCarthyism.
  • See how the Cold War affected everyday life in America.
  • Discover the role Dwight Eisenhower had in the Cold War.
  • Review the Kennedy vs. Nixon election of 1960.
  • Explore the Cold War and John F. Kennedy's presidency.
  • Learn about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
  • Examine the causes, effects and conflicts of the Vietnam War.
  • Identify the country's responses to the war in Vietnam.
  • Review the election of Richard Nixon.
  • Understand the 26th Amendment.
  • Learn about President Nixon's role in the Vietnam War.

16 Lessons in Chapter 18: Post-War and the Cold War - Middle School US History: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s

2. Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s

In this lesson, we will explore American postwar culture. We will learn what life was like throughout the late 1940s and the 1950s by highlighting important cultural trends.

The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

3. 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

4. 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

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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

6. 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

7. 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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

8. Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

President Dwight D. Eisenhower entered office during an amplified period of the Cold War. Learn about Eisenhower's domestic and foreign agenda in dealing with the Cold War during the 1950s.

The Election of 1960: Kennedy vs. Nixon

9. The Election of 1960: Kennedy vs. Nixon

In this lesson, we will be learning about the exciting election of 1960. We will learn about the men running for president in this election (John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon) and why this election was important.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

10. John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

Upon entering office in 1961, President John F. Kennedy was tasked with the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in the United States' battle against communism. Learn about Kennedy's successes and failures in handling the Cold War.

The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

11. 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.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

12. 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

13. 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.

The Election of President Nixon

14. The Election of President Nixon

In this lesson, we will learn about the election of President Richard Nixon. We will learn who he ran against and what themes were important during the presidential election of 1968.

What Was the 26th Amendment?

15. What Was the 26th Amendment?

The 26th Amendment was passed in 1971, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In this lesson, learn about what led to the creation of this amendment, the fight to get it ratified and its ratification.

President Nixon and the Vietnam War

16. President Nixon and the Vietnam War

In this lesson, we will take a look at President Richard Nixon's involvement in the Vietnam War. We will identify the central events of the Vietnam War that took place under the Nixon Administration and we will explore Nixon's role in the conflict.

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