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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.
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