Ch 14 The Cold War and The American Dream


Students will demonstrate their understanding of the development and implications of the Korean War. 



The chapter discusses the postwar period, including the development of the Marshall Plan, the origins of the Cold War, the fear of communism within the United States and abroad, and the armed intervention in Korea.  It also describes the social and cultural changes of the Fifties.




Brain Pop Videos

The Cold War

Was the Cold War really a war? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the politics behind this big-time struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union. Discover why communism was such a major force in starting the Cold War, and why the advent of nuclear weapons also played a large role. You’ll also find out how the Cold War led to a major U.S. political policy called containment; the building of the Berlin Wall in Germany; and the so-called “space race,” which greatly advanced human presence in outer space. Plus, you’ll find out about some real wars that the United States battled as part of the Cold War, and about the end of the Cold War itself!


The Korean War

You’ve heard of the Korean War — now find out all about it. In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to the complicated history between North and South Korea. Find out about when and why Korea was divided, including who occupied North Korea, and who occupied South Korea. Discover the major differences between the governments these countries established and see what happened when one of the Koreas invaded the other in 1950. You’ll learn about the early success of the American troops in the Korean War and what their big mistake was. Finally, you’ll find out how a peace agreement was negotiated and what goes on today in the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. It’s a complex history but one that bears learning about!





Beginning in 1957

The Space Race (2:58)



Causes of the Cold War - Shmoop Article - 

The Cold War began after the end of World War II because of dissagreements over postwar Europe. Each superpower (United States, Britain, France and Russia) had their own idea of how postwar Europe should be rebuilt. The Cold War rose not from one isolated event, but from the different ideologies and interests between the Soviet Union and the West. (


Causes of the Cold War Summary & Analysis - Shmoop Article - 


Reading Study Guides


Ch 14.1 - Peacetime Adjustments and the Cold War

In this section you will learn how America looked for prosperity at home and tried to halt the spread of communism abroad. 

You will read about the onset of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

            *demand for consumer goods and new housing creates an economic boom

            *labor unrest and political divisions trouble Truman’s presidency.

            *U.S. and Soviet Union go from allies to rivals in the Cold War

            *Truman Doctrine, Fair Deal, Marshall Plan, NATO

Ch 14.2 - The Korean War and McCarthyism

In this section you will learn how the Cold War and Korean War produced a far-reaching form of anti-communism.

You will read how the Cold War led to fighting in Korea as well as an arms and space race between the United States and Soviet Union. 

*U.S. goes to war in Korea to stop the spread of communism.

*Korean War ends in a stalemate.

*Cold War produces McCarthyism and an arms race.

*Mao Zedong, 38th parallel, brinksmanship, H-bomb, space race

Ch 14.3 - The Fifties

You will ead about the social and economic changes that took place in America in the 1950s.

*During the baby boom, many Americans move to the suburbs.

*television and rock ‘n’ roll dominate pop culture

*In 1960, John F. Kennedy becomes the first Catholic to be elected president.





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The purpose of the features of expository text are to help us understand the information better.  They aid in comprehension.

Expository text is informative writing……….it gives specific information about a specific subject.  Synonyms for expository text are: non-fiction and informative writing. 


There are three purposes for writing: PIE= persuasive, informative, and entertainment.




Main Idea Questions


1. What was Truman’s Fair Deal? What happened with it?

2. What caused the Cold War?

3. Why did war break out in Korea?  How did it end?

4. How did Eisenhower’s approach to the Cold War differ from Truman’s?

5. What did many citizens view as the American Dream in the 1950s?  What do you consider to be the American Dream?  Is it in anyway similar to how people viewed it in the 1950s?