About This Chapter
Post-World War II America (1946-1959) - Chapter Summary
The lessons in this chapter introduce you to life in America following the Second World War. Videos highlight the domestic and foreign policies that characterized American politics in the years following World War II. You'll get a look at how Americans lived in the post-war period and see some technological developments that emerged after 1945. Our instructors will also provide lessons on individuals who didn't subscribe to the culture of the time and formed their own movements and ideas. After watching these lessons, you'll know about:
- Political developments following World War II
- 1940s and 1950s culture and life in America
- Counter-culture's rise following the war
- Scientific and technological advancements and their impact
The fun and quick videos used in this chapter help you quickly grasp important concepts about America after World War II. Each lesson features engaging graphics and animations that make learning about post-World War II America enjoyable and easy. The instructors who lead these lessons are subject-matter experts who can answer any question you have about life in the U.S. following the Second World War. A transcript is available for each lesson in case you want to follow along with the video or just need to reference a key term. You'll find video tags that you can use to refer back to main points in the video and self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge of the topics presented in each lesson.
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.
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.
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.
4. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact
In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the GACE Middle Grades Social Science (015): Practice & Study Guide course
- European Colonies in North America (1497-1732)
- Important Events Leading to the American Revolution
- Events & Leaders of the American Revolution
- The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution
- The Virginia Dynasty
- Manifest Destiny & American Expansion
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America
- Jacksonian Democracy
- American Civil War & Reconstruction Overview
- Westward Expansion, Industrialization & Urbanization (1870-1900)
- American Imperialism & World War I
- The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century
- 1920s America
- America and the Great Depression
- U.S. Involvement in World War ll (1941-1945)
- The Cold War in America (1950-1973)
- Civil Rights & Other Movements in the US (1954-1973)
- America in the 1970s
- America in the 1980s
- Recent American History (1992-2013)
- The History of Georgia
- Introduction to Government
- Introduction to Economics
- American Government
- Latin American History
- Canadian History
- European History: Geography, Colonization, WWI & Russia
- European History: The 1920s & 1930s
- European History: The Rise of Fascism
- European History: World War II
- European History: Post-War Europe
- European History: Cold War Europe
- European History: Integration in Europe after the Soviet Union
- Australian History
- Overview of African History
- Asian History
- GACE Middle Grades Social Science Flashcards
- History of Political Parties in the U.S.