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.
• 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.
11.01 Describe the effects of the Cold War on economic, political, and social life in America.
• 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?
"Duck and cover"
House on Un-American Activities Committee
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
National Security Act, 1947
National Highway Act
S.A.L.T. I and II
11.02 Trace major events of the Civil Rights Movement and evaluate its impact.
• 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?
Brown v Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, 1954
Montgomery bus boycotts
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Little Rock Nine
March on Washington
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Black Power Movement
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.
• 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?
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
The Feminine Mystique
National Organization for Women
Equal Rights Amendment
Roe v. Wade (1973)
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.
• 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?
Ho Chi Minh
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Operation Rolling Thunder
General William Westmoreland
Selective Service System
My Lai Incident
New York Times v. U.S. (1971)
Paris Peace Accords
War Powers Act (1973)
Fall of Saigon, 1975
11.05 Examine the impact of technological innovations that have impacted American life.
• 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?
11.06 Identify political events and the actions and reactions of the government officials and citizens, and assess the social and political consequences.
• 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?
National Endowment for the Humanities
Democratic National Convention 1968
Sam Ervin/Senate Watergate Committee
Bob Woodward/Carl Bernstein
United States v Nixon, 1974