Ch 9: STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States

About This Chapter

Looking through this chapter, you will be able to obtain a deeper understanding of how the Cold War impacted the United States. By doing this, you will be much better prepared for the STAAR US History exam.

STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter were specially designed and put together to help you better understand the actions of the United States during the Cold War. This will be beneficial to you because it will help you get ready for the STAAR US History exam. You will review the following topics in these lessons:

  • Berlin Airlift, the Marshall Plan, and the Iron Curtain
  • Changes in Korea and Japan
  • Role of the United States and the Soviet Union
  • Causes of the Cold War
  • Roles of Eisenhower and Kennedy during the Cold War
  • Communism, McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • Effects of the Cold War
  • The Korean War

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11 Lessons in Chapter 9: STAAR US History: Cold War & the United States
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Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

1. Post-War Europe: the Berlin Airlift & the Marshall Plan

In this lesson, we will learn about the Marshall Plan and the Berlin Airlift. We will examine the conditions in postwar Europe that resulted in these events, and we will understand why they are important.

Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

2. Post-War Soviet Union & Eastern Europe: The Descent of the Iron Curtain

In this lesson, we will learn about some of the dynamic events that followed World War II in Eastern Europe. We will explore the descent of the Iron Curtain, and learn about the formation of the Eastern Bloc states.

Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government

3. Post-War Asia: Korea's Partition & Reconstruction of Japan's Government

In this lesson, we will examine post-war Asia. We will specifically focus on the partition of Korea, and the occupation and reconstruction of Japan. We will understand why these events took place, and how their impact is felt to this day.

Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

4. Two Super Powers: The United States and the Soviet Union

In this lesson we will look at the role the United States and the Soviet Union played in post-1945 Europe. We will focus specifically on the influence of each super power and see how each state impacted developments in Europe.

The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events

5. 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.

Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War

6. 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.

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.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects

8. 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.

Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis

9. Communism and the Cuban Revolution: Castro, the Bay of Pigs & the Cuban Missile Crisis

In this lesson, we will examine the relationship between communism and the country of Cuba. We will focus specifically on the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's rise to power, the Bay of Pigs Invasion, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life

10. 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.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

11. 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.

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