Ch 20: The Cold War (1950-1973) - US History: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Cold War (1950-1973) unit of this U.S. History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about Cold War events. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the Cold War. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn what the Cold War was, how it started, causes of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and U.S.-Soviet relations during the presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Cold War unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

The Cold War (1950-1973) Unit Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the post-World War II events that led to the Cold War.
  • Look at the Korean War and how it influenced American policy.
  • Examine the actions of the House Committee on Un-American Activities and McCarthyism.
  • See how the Cold War impacted the lives of American citizens.
  • Explore Eisenhower's domestic and foreign policy ideas.
  • Learn about Kennedy's 1960 election, his policies and his assassination.
  • Analyze the causes of the Vietnam War.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: The Cold War (1950-1973) - US History: Homeschool Curriculum
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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.

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