Ch 2: STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present)

About This Chapter

As you study for the STAAR US History test, use this chapter to improve your knowledge of the Spanish-American War, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the post war years, the Persian Gulf War, and events of the 21st century. Our lively lessons and helpful quizzes provide a fun method of test preparation.

STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present) - Chapter Summary

Follow along with our professional instructors in this series of lesson videos for a general review of a few of the major historical events that took place between the Spanish-American War and the year 2014. After this chapter you should have a better knowledge of:

  • What historical eras are and how they are used to study history
  • Battles of the Spanish-American War
  • Causes and effects of World War I and the Great Depression
  • Events that led to World War II and the war's impact
  • The events that launched the space race
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil rights
  • The Persian Gulf War, what started it and the aftermath
  • Events, issues and major trends of the 21st century

You can review the key terms and figures in these lessons and reinforce your understanding of the material presented by reading over the lesson transcripts. Test your knowledge through the multiple-choice lesson quizzes. If you develop a question about the lessons in this chapter, you may ask our instructors for assistance using the 'teacher' tabs of the lessons.

10 Lessons in Chapter 2: STAAR US History: Historical Eras & Significant Events (1877 to Present)
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Historical Eras: Definition & Examples

1. Historical Eras: Definition & Examples

You've probably heard about various historical eras, but what, exactly, defines them? Who decides where one historical era ends and another begins? In this lesson, we'll learn a bit about some prominent historical eras and how they are categorized.

Major Battles of the Spanish-American War

2. Major Battles of the Spanish-American War

Despite the fact that it had major effects on American foreign policy, even continuing today, the Spanish-American War was decided by only a small number of battles. This lesson explains three of the most important.

How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

3. How World War I Affected Society in Europe & The U.S.

In this lesson we will learn how World War I impacted the American and European societies. We will highlight the important events and themes associated with the World War I 'home front.'

The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

4. The Great Depression: The Wall Street Crash of 1929 and Other Causes

October 29, 1929, marked the beginning of the Great Depression in the United States. Learn about this event, including the factors that contributed to the collapse of the American economy.

How World War II Impacted American & European Society

5. How World War II Impacted American & European Society

In this lesson, you'll learn about the impact World War II on American and European society. We'll explore the notable social changes and trends brought about by the war.

Sputnik 1 Satellite: Definition, Facts & Launch

6. Sputnik 1 Satellite: Definition, Facts & Launch

Sputnik I was a Soviet satellite that was the first to be launched into space. In this article, we'll look at the massive effect that this tiny event had on the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

7. The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

One of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., forever changed the landscape of civil rights in America. This lesson explains the circumstances of the assassination and its legacy.

The Persian Gulf War: Timeline, Summary & Facts

8. The Persian Gulf War: Timeline, Summary & Facts

This lesson will examine the events that led to the Persian Gulf War and provide an overview of the war itself. Then we will briefly touch on the war's conclusion and its cease fire concessions.

September 11th & the War on Terror

9. September 11th & the War on Terror

September 11, 2001 was a day of terrorist attacks by radical Islamists against the United States. In New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 people were killed. As a result, the United States launched a War on Terror that has lasted over a decade since.

The World at 2014: Events, Issues & Major Trends

10. The World at 2014: Events, Issues & Major Trends

In this lesson, we delve into just a few of the many issues, events, and trends facing the world in 2014, from terrorism, to global warming, to geopolitics.

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