Ch 21: The Cold War (1950-1973): Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Cold War (1950-1973) chapter of this AP U.S. History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the Cold War. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the Cold War.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the causes and events of the Cold War
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the Cold War
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Cold War chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Cold War chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Cold War question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Cold War unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:

  • The Korean and Vietnam wars
  • McCarthyism and the Red Scare
  • The Cold War under Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The Cold War under John F. Kennedy
  • Impact of the Cold War on everyday life

20 Lessons in Chapter 21: The Cold War (1950-1973): Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

John F. Kennedy and the Cold War

6. 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 Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

7. 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.

Gender Roles in 1950s America

8. Gender Roles in 1950s America

Through this lesson, you will learn how to define gender roles and explore how they affected they lives of American men and women throughout the 1950s. When you are done with the lesson, you can test your new knowledge with the quiz.

The Presidential Election of 1964: Results & Impact

9. The Presidential Election of 1964: Results & Impact

'Trigger-happy' Republican Barry Goldwater promised small government but big nukes when he took on political master and Kennedy heir Lyndon B. Johnson. Learn about the presidential election of 1964, one of the most lopsided in history.

The Presidential Election of 1968: Candidates & Outcome

10. The Presidential Election of 1968: Candidates & Outcome

Hippies, riots, protesters, Vietnam, another Kennedy assassination, and segregation all played interesting roles in the 1968 presidential election. Investigate the candidates and issues, and test yourself with a quiz.

Women in the 1950s in America

11. Women in the 1950s in America

Through this lesson, you will learn about the role of American women in 1950s culture, and gain insight into how their contribution influenced the women's liberation movement of the following decade.

Elvis Presley: Graceland & Legacy

12. Elvis Presley: Graceland & Legacy

A kidney shaped pool, iron gates, walls of mirrors, an indoor jungle, a recording studio and a constant supply of fudge cookies. This is Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. Read on to see how this castle has become synonymous with 'The King.'

George F. Kennan & Containment in the Cold War

13. George F. Kennan & Containment in the Cold War

In 1946, U.S. diplomat George F. Kennan argued that to stop the expansion of Soviet communism, America should pursue a policy of 'containment.' Learn about containment and how it came to guide U.S. foreign policy for the next 40 years, and take a quiz.

Julius & Ethel Rosenberg: Case, Trial, Facts & Execution

14. Julius & Ethel Rosenberg: Case, Trial, Facts & Execution

This lesson will detail the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. The controversy surrounding their conviction and subsequent execution will be explained, and the evidence against them will be considered.

Guerrilla Warfare in the Vietnam War

15. Guerrilla Warfare in the Vietnam War

Guerrilla warfare in the Vietnam War was an extremely deadly strategy used by the North Vietnamese forces. This lesson will further define guerrilla warfare and explain its role in a war that claimed over 58,000 American lives.

The My Lai Massacre: Summary & Facts

16. The My Lai Massacre: Summary & Facts

The Vietnam War is a very controversial subject for many Americans. This lesson discusses the events of the My Lai Massacre, arguably one of the worst atrocities committed during the Vietnam War.

History of Students for a Democratic Society & the Vietnam War

17. History of Students for a Democratic Society & the Vietnam War

The decade of the 1960s was a turbulent one fueled by the desire for change among young Americans. This lesson will examine one of the most influential student activist groups, Students for a Democratic Society.

What Was the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization?

18. What Was the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization?

After World War II, many countries were concerned about the spread of communism around the world. And so, in 1955, eight countries formed the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, or SEATO. This lesson explains the origins and main purposes of SEATO.

What is the Antarctic Treaty System of 1959?

19. What is the Antarctic Treaty System of 1959?

While you may know that Antarctica is the home to adorable penguins and cold temperatures, it's also a popular place for scientific research. This lesson explains the Antarctic Treaty System of 1959 that allows countries to conduct research.

The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963

20. The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963

The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty sought to end the testing of nuclear weapons and alleviate some of the tension in the Cold War. In this lesson, learn about this important treaty and its implications.

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