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Ch 9: US Politics (1946-1979) - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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This chapter provides an overview of American political movements in the years between the end of World War II and the late 1970s. Use these lessons to build a comprehensive study plan for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

US Politics (1946-1979) - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Reinforce your understanding of the upheavals, events and movements that shaped politics in the United States after the end of the Second World War. The lessons include the following topics and more:

  • Foreign and domestic U.S. policies and American culture in the post-war years
  • American involvement in Korea and Vietnam
  • McCarthyism and the Lyndon B. Johnson presidency
  • Activist movements of the '50s, '60s and '70s
  • The womens' movement and President Richard Nixon's foreign policies
  • American involvement in the Middle East
  • Impact of U.S. Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade
  • President Richard Nixon and Watergate

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12 Lessons in Chapter 9: US Politics (1946-1979) - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

1. Post-War American Politics: Foreign & Domestic Policy

In this lesson, we will learn about American politics in the post-war era. We will highlight the broad contours of foreign and domestic policies, and learn how Americans planned to deal with the challenges of an increasingly complex world.

The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

2. The Counter-Culture of Post-War America

In this lesson we will explore the counter-culture of the postwar era. We will examine the groups and individuals who defied the conventions of mainstream society.

United States Involvement in the Korean War: Causes and Effects

3. 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

4. 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.

President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

5. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the Great Society Program

The Great Society was an ambitious legislative program which attempted to eliminate poverty and racial inequity within the United States. Learn about the creation of the program, its endeavors and its ultimate legacy.

The Student Movement of the 1960s

6. The Student Movement of the 1960s

The societal disillusion felt by the younger generation of the 1950s was translated into a massive student movement during the 1960s. Learn about the formation of the movement, its campaigns and its inevitable end.

The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

7. The Women's Movement: Causes, Campaigns & Impacts on the US

The women's movement of the 1960s ushered in a new wave of feminism that sought to address the national issues of gender. Learn about the movement, its leaders and the ultimate outcome for women in the United States.

Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

8. Other Important Activist Movements of the Late 60s and Early 70s

The 1960s represented a decade of dissent in America. While there were large social campaigns throughout the nation, the goal of this lesson is to recognize smaller activist movements involving Native Americans, Mexican Americans, and the environment.

The Vietnam War: Causes, Conflicts & Effects

9. 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.

Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

10. Conflict in the Middle East: OPEC's 1970s Oil Embargo & Its Impact

The 1970s represented a period of economic distress in the United States. Learn about one of the major factors, the 1973 oil embargo by OPEC, and its devastating impact on the American economy in this video lesson.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

11. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

12. The Watergate Scandal & President Nixon: Investigation & Resignation

The Watergate Scandal represented President Richard Nixon's wanton abuse of the executive privilege. Learn more about the scandal, those involved, the investigation and Nixon's inevitable resignation.

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