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Unit XI : Recovery, Prosperity, and Turmoil (1945-1980)

Competency Goal 11: Recovery, Prosperity, and Turmoil (1945-1980) - The learner will trace economic, political, and social developments and assess their significance for the lives of Americans during this time period.

Generalizations:

• Civil disobedience may cause conflict while also effecting change.
• Economic, political, and social developments may lead to a shift in the collective identity of a nation.
• Innovations may influence changes in government, leading to new policies and practices.

Objectives

11.01 Describe the effects of the Cold War on economic, political, and social life in America.

Essential Questions:

• How does a nation’s involvement in international conflicts affect politics and society at home?
• To what extent did the effects of the Cold War impact economic, political, and social life in America?
• Did the Cold War ultimately have a positive or negative impact on the United States?

Macro Concepts:

Conflict
Power
Leadership

Micro Concepts:

Communism
McCarthyism

Factual Content

"Duck and cover"
Fallout Shelters
House on Un-American Activities Committee
Hollywood Blacklist
Alger Hiss
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
National Security Act, 1947
Taft-Hartley Act
Fair Deal
AFL-CIO
National Highway Act
New Left
Detente
S.A.L.T. I and II

11.02 Trace major events of the Civil Rights Movement and evaluate its impact.

Essential Questions:

• How did the Civil Rights Movement change America?
• To what degree has equality been achieved in America?
• How did the philosophical shift toward more militant tactics impact the outcome of the Civil Rights Movement?

Macro Concepts:

Equality
Citizenship
Diversity
Conflict
Power

Micro Concepts:

Civil rights
Federalism
Segregation
Suffrage
Civil Disobedience

Factual Content

C.O.R.E.
Brown v Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, 1954
Thurgood Marshall
Earl Warren
Rosa Parks
Montgomery bus boycotts
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Little Rock Nine
S.N.C.C.
Sit-ins
Freedom Riders
24th amendment
George Wallace
March on Washington
James Meredith
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Malcolm X
Black Power Movement
Stokeley Carmichael

11.03 Identify major social movements including, but not limited to, those involving women, young people, and the environment, and evaluate the impact of these movements on the United States' society.

Essential Questions:

• To what extent did social movements in America impact women, young people, and the environment?
• How effective are challenges to authority in bringing about change?
• How is America different because of the social movements which took place between 1945-1980?

Macro Concepts:

Power
Conflict
Culture
Leadership
Reform

Micro Concepts:

Feminism
Environmentalism

Factual Content

Elvis Presley
British Invasion
Beatles
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Counterculture
Haight-Ashbury
Woodstock
Betty Friedan
The Feminine Mystique
National Organization for Women
Women’s Liberation
Gloria Steinem
Phyllis Schlafly
Equal Rights Amendment
Roe v. Wade (1973)
César Chávez
American Indian Movement (AIM)
Clean Air Act
Clean Water Act
Environmental Protection Agency

Objective 11.04: Identify the causes of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam and examine how this involvement affected society.


Essential Questions:

• What impact did the Vietnam War have on the United States?
• What political, social, and economic factors led to US involvement in the Vietnam conflict?
• How does a government’s response to political events and situations affect the nation?

Macro Concepts:

Conflict
Power
Leadership

Micro Concepts:

Containment
Domino theory

Factual Content

Ho Chi Minh
Vietcong
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Operation Rolling Thunder
Robert McNamara
General William Westmoreland
Selective Service System
Agent Orange
Napalm
Tet Offensive
My Lai Incident
Vietnamization
Cambodia/Laos
Kent State
Pentagon Papers
New York Times v. U.S. (1971)
26th Amendment
Paris Peace Accords
War Powers Act (1973)
Fall of Saigon, 1975

11.05 Examine the impact of technological innovations that have impacted American life.

Essential Questions:

• How do technological changes alter the lives of individuals?
• How does innovation impact a nation?
• What technological innovation has had the greatest impact on American life?

Macro Concepts:

Innovation
Migration
Change

Micro Concepts:
Technology

Factual Content

Radio in 1950's
Color television
Sputnik
NASA
National Defense Education Act
Space Programs
John Glenn
Neil Armstrong
Commercial jet travel
Silicon Valley
Computers
ICBMs
Nuclear power

11.06 Identify political events and the actions and reactions of the government officials and citizens, and assess the social and political consequences.

Essential Questions:

• How does a government’s response to political events and situations impact the nation?
• What social and political consequences resulted from the actions of the government between 1945 and 1980?
• Why is change so difficult for some people?

Macro Concepts:

Power
Leadership
Reform
Conflict

Micro Concepts:

Voter apathy

Factual Content

New Frontier
Peace Corps
Great Society
HUD
Head Start
VISTA
Medicare
National Endowment for the Humanities
Robert Kennedy
Democratic National Convention 1968
Watergate scandal
Sam Ervin/Senate Watergate Committee
Bob Woodward/Carl Bernstein
John Dean
United States v Nixon, 1974
25th Amendment

Primary Sources:

Eagleton Digital Archive

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