Cold War

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Standards 5.61-5.63

The Modern United States

Students will examine the history of the United States since the conclusion of World War II.

5.61 Identify the reasons for the growth of suburbs, home ownership, mass media, Interstate Highway System, and a consumer society after the war. (C, E, G)

5.62 Examine the meaning and the main events of the “Cold War,” including the Space Race, Berlin Wall, arms race, Rosenbergs, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. (C, E, H, P)

5.63 Trace the Korean War, its outcome, and the use of United Nations peacekeeping troops. (E, H, P) 

Standards US.73-US.81

Cold War (1945-1975)

Students analyze the response of the United States to communism after World War II.

US.73 Describe the competition between the two “superpowers” of the United States and the Soviet Union in the areas of arms development, economic dominance, and ideology, including the role and location of NATO, SEATO, and the Warsaw Pact. (C, E, H, P)

US.74 Explain examples of containment policies, including the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Airlift, and the Truman Doctrine. (E, G, H, P)

US.75 Draw evidence from informational text to analyze the progression of American foreign policy from containment to retaliation and brinkmanship to the domino theory to flexible response. (H, P)

US.76 Analyze the causes and effects of the Red Scare that followed World War II, including Americans’ attitude toward the rise of communism in China, McCarthyism, blacklisting, Alger Hiss, J. Edgar Hoover, Estes Kefauver, and the Rosenbergs. (C, P, H, TN)

US.77 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of the Korean War, including the 38th parallel, Inchon, the entry of the Communist Chinese, the power struggle between MacArthur and President Truman, and the final disposition of the Koreas. (G, H, P)

US.78 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats of the fears of Americans about nuclear holocaust and debates over the stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons, including atomic testing, civil defense, bomb shelters, mutually assured destruction, impact of Sputnik, and President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex. (C, H, P)

US.79 Describe the relationship between Cuba and the United States, including the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis. (G, H, P)

US.80 Describe the causes, course, and consequences of the Vietnam War, including the following: (C, G, H, P)

  • Geneva Accords
  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • Tet Offensive
  • Roles played by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon
  • Vietnamization
  • Ho Chi Minh
  • Bombing of Cambodia
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Napalm and Agent Orange

US. 81 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence evaluating the impact of the Vietnam War on the home front, including the Anti-War movement, draft by lottery, and the role of television and the media. (C, H, P)

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Read: excerpts from Farewell Address, Dwight Eisenhower; “Address at Rice University,” John Kennedy

Primary Documents and Supporting Texts to Consider: excerpts from The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien; excerpts from “The Sources of Soviet Conduct,” George Kennan; Inaugural Address, 1961, John Kennedy