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U.S. History (1929 to Present) - Chapter Summary
This chapter contains short lessons on topics related to U.S. history from 1929 to the present. You can view bite-sized lessons on the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and the attack on Pearl Harbor. Other topics include the home front during WWII and the causes and early events of the Cold War. This chapter was designed to assist you in achieving the following goals:
- Outline the causes and effects of U.S. involvement in the Korean War
- Provide a timeline for the Cuban Missile Crisis
- Detail the major conflicts of the Vietnam War
- Summarize the Camp David Accords
- Give facts and a timeline of the Iran Hostage Crisis
- Discuss the causes and events of the Gulf War
- Explain the controversy surrounding the war in Afghanistan
- Understand the events and details surrounding the Iraq War
Experienced instructors developed this chapter, so you can be sure you're reviewing accurate and up-to-date information. Take your time as you review the lessons, and feel free to go back as many times as needed. Before you take an exam, use the lesson quizzes and comprehensive chapter test to make sure you're ready.
1. 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.
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal
In this lesson, you will explore the government programs collectively called the New Deal as the nation attempted to recover from economic crisis following the Great Depression.
3. The Attack on Pearl Harbor: The Beginning of American Involvement in World War II
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack against Allied possessions in the Pacific, including the American military base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After decades of conflict between the two nations, the U.S. declared war.
4. The United States During WWII: The Home Front
When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, life changed almost overnight for those on the battle front and on the home front. Learn about the war's dramatic and lasting effects on American government, economy and society.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The Cuban Missile Crisis: Definition, Facts & Timeline
Today, it's hard to remember that the U.S. and the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear warheads pointed at each other, ready to fly at a moment's notice. But for a period of time, there was a possibility that between the two nations, all life on Earth could be extinguished. And that possibility was never more real, or closer, than it was in October 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis.
8. 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.
9. Camp David Accords Summary
The Camp David Accords were a series of negotiations that lasted for twelve days between US President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The result was two-part agreement in September 1978.
10. Iran Hostage Crisis: Summary, Timeline & Facts
The Iran Hostage Crisis lasted more than a year and greatly affected U.S. involvement in the Middle East. Learn more about how this important historical event unfolded and how it defined one president's legacy.
11. Causes, Events & Political Figures of the Gulf War
The Gulf War occurred in 1990 and 1991 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. UN, NATO, and United States forces responded by attacking and pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. The war was a decisive victory for American and coalition forces.
12. The War in Afghanistan: Causes, Timeline & Controversy
The War in Afghanistan began in 2001 after the September 11 attacks. United States and NATO coalition forces attacked Taliban and Al Qaeda forces. As of 2014, United States personnel are withdrawing from the country, ending over a decade of fighting.
13. Understanding the Iraq War
The Iraq War lasted from 2003-2011. Thousands of American and Coalition forces died during the conflict, as well as many thousands of Iraqis. The American decision to go to war in Iraq remains controversial today.
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