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The US After World War II - Chapter Summary
This informative chapter explains the climate of the United States after World War II, including the GI Bill of Rights and how the Cold War affected the everyday life of Americans. You'll also review the U.S.'s involvement in the Korean War and what some of its causes and effects were. Other topics include some of the causes and major conflicts of the Vietnam War and the domestic response to this war. After you review this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Describe the causes of the Cold War and some of its early events
- Define McCarthyism
- Detail the timeline of the end of communism in Eastern Europe
- Explain what the 26th Amendment is
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1. 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.
2. The GI Bill of Rights: Definition & Benefits
In this lesson, you'll learn about an important piece of U.S. legislation known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, and you'll be given an overview of what benefits it provides to veterans.
3. 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.
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. 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.
6. The End of Communism in Eastern Europe: Events and Timeline
In this lesson, we explore the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, where both political structures and economic models were left in limbo.
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.
8. Domestic Responses to the War in Vietnam
In this lesson, we will learn about the domestic responses to the Vietnam War. We will explore the impact the war had upon American society and learn how the American people felt about it.
9. What Was the 26th Amendment?
The 26th Amendment was passed in 1971, lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. In this lesson, learn about what led to the creation of this amendment, the fight to get it ratified and its ratification.
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