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The Cold War (1950-1973) - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
From 1950-1973, the United States and the Soviet Union went through a period of political tension. This period was named the Cold War. Despite the lack of actual warfare, the two countries lived in a constant state of fear about the possibility of attack. During this period, people in the U.S. built bomb shelters and schools practiced attack drills due to a fear of nuclear war. In this chapter, you will learn about the origins of the Cold War and its effects on the American people. Some of the other things that will be covered in these lessons include:
- The national security state in the U.S.
- The Korean War
- The Red Scare
- President Eisenhower's agenda
- Kennedy's role
- The Vietnam War
|The Cold War: Definition, Causes & Early Events||Study the different aspects of the Cold War.|
|The Korean War: Causes and Effects||Explore the Korean War, including the reasons it occurred.|
|McCarthyism and the Red Scare: Definition, Causes & Effects||Examine the Red Scare and McCarthy's tactics in fighting communism.|
|The Cold War in America: Effects on Everyday Life||Discover what life was like in America during the Cold War.|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Cold War||Learn about how Eisenhower handled the Cold War.|
|John F. Kennedy and the Cold War||Take a look at Kennedy during this time period and highlights of events and situations, such as the Berlin Wall, the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis.|
|The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects||Explore the Vietnam War, including the cause and how it escalated into America's longest war.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the History 104: US History II course
- Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865-1877)
- Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900)
- The Progressive Era (1900-1917)
- American Imperialism (1890-1919)
- The Roaring 20s (1920-1929)
- The Great Depression (1929-1940)
- The US in World War ll (1941-1945)
- Post-War World (1946-1959)
- Protests, Activism and Civil Disobedience (1954-1973)
- The 1970s (1969-1979)
- The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992)
- Contemporary America (1992-2013)
- Studying for History 104