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Ch 20: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Cold War

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Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Cold War - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to review material about the Cold War that may appear on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. You can improve upon your knowledge of:

  • Causes and early events of the Cold War
  • US involvement in the Korean War
  • McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The Election of 1960
  • Assassination of John F. Kennedy
  • The 26th Amendment
  • Vietnam War and President Nixon

In order to quickly review Cold War material for the exam, use our interactive video lessons. They are short and make learning the subject matter enjoyable. As you progress through this chapter, use the self-assessment quizzes. They are designed to assess your knowledge, so you know if you are ready for the related history content on the exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: The Cold War
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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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

What Was the 26th Amendment?

11. 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

12. 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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