Ch 26: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 26: Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945-1960)

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The Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945-1960) chapter of this Prentice Hall United States History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with life in the US following World War II. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945-1960) textbook chapter.

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Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the US history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • US culture during the late 1940s and the 1950s
  • President Harry S. Truman's Fair Deal
  • Consumerism and mass media
  • Urban poverty
  • Discrimination against Hispanics and Native Americans
  • Pop culture, include hot-rodding, blue jeans and comic books

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8 Lessons in Chapter 26: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 26: Postwar Confidence and Anxiety (1945-1960)
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Post-War American Life: Culture of the late 1940s & 1950s

1. 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.

Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII

2. Truman's Fair Deal & Economics After WWII

Although Truman inherited FDR's presidency, he found himself living in a very different world than his predecessor. In this lesson, we'll explore Truman's Fair Deal and see how it reflected changes in postwar America.

1950s Life in the United States

3. 1950s Life in the United States

During the 1950s, a new and growing middle class gained a great deal of power and influence in America with a lifestyle to match. However, not everything was perfect, as the plights of women and racial minorities were far from picturesque.

Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s

4. Consumerism in the U.S. in the 1950s

In the 1950s, the per capita income in the U.S. may have been thousands of dollars less than it is today, but advertising was already a multibillion dollar industry! Find out what they were selling in this lesson on consumerism.

Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s

5. Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s

The ways in which people got information changed dramatically during the 1950s. While no technology would be completely doomed, this lesson shows how the seeds were planted for a revolution in media in the decades to come.

Urban Poverty in the U.S. in the 1950s

6. Urban Poverty in the U.S. in the 1950s

While many of us may think of the 1950s as a time of great prosperity, that wasn't the case for everyone. In fact, during that decade, the condition of many in America's largest cities actually greatly deteriorated.

1950s Discrimination Against Native Americans & Hispanic Americans

7. 1950s Discrimination Against Native Americans & Hispanic Americans

It's important for us to remember that the Civil Rights Movement wasn't just about one minority group but about several such communities. This lesson talks about the challenges faced by Native Americans and Hispanic Americans.

Cars & Culture in the U.S. in the 1950s

8. Cars & Culture in the U.S. in the 1950s

Prior to World War II, cars were luxuries for many - even if they were old variations of the original Ford Model T. After the war, muscle cars and convertibles were created to cater to this new car culture.

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