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Ch 23: Prentice Hall World History Chapter 20: Europe & North America (1945-Present)

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The Europe and North America (1945-Present) chapter of this Prentice Hall World History Connections to Today, The Modern Era Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with modern-day Europe and North America. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Europe and North America (1945-Present) textbook chapter.

How It Works

  • Identify the lessons in the Prentice Hall Europe and North America (1945-Present) chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover present-day Europe and North America topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will Learn:

  • Civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Legacy of hippies and the counterculture
  • European economic growth in the 1960s
  • Expansion of the European Union
  • Bloody Sunday and troubles in Ireland
  • Student and activist movements of the 1960s and 1970s
  • 1980s trends in American life
  • Information technology and the economy
  • Creation of the U.S.S.R.
  • Causes of the fall of the Soviet Union
  • Communism's end in Eastern Europe

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14 Lessons in Chapter 23: Prentice Hall World History Chapter 20: Europe & North America (1945-Present)
The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

1. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1950s

The 1950s witnessed a rejuvenation of the civil rights movement. Learn about the transformation of the movement, its important events and the impact it had on the 1960s.

The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

2. The Civil Rights Movement During the 1960s

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was an extension of the progress made during the 1950s. Learn about the movement's landmark achievements, its fracturing and its legacies.

The Student Movement of the 1960s

3. The Student Movement of the 1960s

The societal disillusion felt by the younger generation of the 1950s was translated into a massive student movement during the 1960s. Learn about the formation of the movement, its campaigns and its inevitable end.

Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

4. Hippies and the Counterculture: Origins, Beliefs and Legacy

The 1960s were a period of tension and turbulence for much of the U.S. The counterculture attempted to promote an alternative lifestyle that encouraged peace, love and freedom. Learn more about its origins, beliefs and legacy.

1960 - 1969:  A Period of European Economic Growth

5. 1960 - 1969: A Period of European Economic Growth

In this lesson, we explore the growth of the European Union concept in the 1960s, when the six nations who had founded the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in 1951 grew quickly and integrated their economies further.

European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

6. European Union Expansion: Events & Timelines

In this lesson, we briefly explore the piecemeal formation of the EU and discuss the nature of the Union today and its role as the political authority for most of Europe.

The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

7. The Troubles in Ireland and Bloody Sunday

In this lesson, we explore the centuries-old rivalry between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland, and the political and military struggle for the six northernmost counties in Ireland during the thirty-year period known as 'The Troubles.'

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

8. Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

The 1960s represented a decade of dissent in America. While there were large social campaigns throughout the nation, the goal of this lesson is to recognize smaller activist movements involving Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and the environment.

U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline

9. U.S. Environmental History: Movements & Timeline

Have you ever heard of John Muir? Have you ever been to a National Park and wondered why it was preserved for future generations to enjoy? This lesson will discuss the major environmental movements in the United States since the 19th century, including the events that occurred, the people involved and the legislation which developed.

New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

10. New Trends in American Life in the 1980s

The 1980s represented a drastic change in American society, one not seen since the 1920s. Learn more about the decade, including its lifestyle trends, new consumer goods and expanding cultures, in this video lesson.

Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

11. Information Technology: Impact on the Economy

Information technology has impacted the economy in a number of ways. The most noticeable changes involve e-commerce, marketing tactics, facilitation of globalization, job insecurity, and job design. This lesson will explore a variety of concepts pertaining to the changing economy, including downsizing, outsourcing, the use of cookies, the benefits and costs of globalization, and the impact of e-commerce.

The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

12. The U.S.S.R.: History & Creation

In this lesson, we will learn about the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, commonly referred to as the Soviet Union. We will learn what events brought about the emergence of the Soviet Union, and how it has impacted the course of world history.

Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

13. Fall of the Soviet Union and End of the Cold War: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we chart the reforms made by Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev attempting to save the Soviet Union and the communist federation's eventual dissolution in 1991.

The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

14. The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline

In this lesson, we explore the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, where both political structures and economic models were left in limbo.

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