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US History Since WWII - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll find lessons on U.S. history since WWII. Brush up on topics such as the advance of science after the 1950s and the Cold War. After finishing this chapter, you should be ready to:
- Detail the history of assembly lines
- Outline developments since 1945 that have advanced science and technology
- Explain science and technology in the U.S. in the 1950s
- Discuss the causes and early events of the Cold War
- Describe some political and social developments that have occurred since 1945
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1. Assembly Lines: History & Types
The assembly line is a manufacturing process that has become a key component of the industrial age. On an assembly line, parts are added to a product in a sequential manner to create a finished product.
2. The Advance of Science & Technology Since 1945: Developments & Impact
In this lesson, we explore just a few of the numerous advances and innovations made in the worlds of sciences and technology, from automobiles and televisions to computers and phones that can fit in the palm of your hand.
3. Science & Technology in the U.S. in the 1950s
The 'Space Age' and the 'Atomic Age' are some of the words we use to categorize the 1950s. This lesson takes a look at some of the scientific achievements of that period, ranging from nuclear energy and rockets to DNA and vacuum cleaners.
4. 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.
5. Social & Political Developments Since 1945
In this lesson, we examine several social and political developments in the United States and in Western Europe since 1945, from the civil rights movement to the creation of the European Union.
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