Seminars@Hadley are the best! The technology seminars are especially relevant; the information I acquired helped me learn about my iPhone.
—Eileen, CA, 2014
After the world wars, the United States confronted many obstacles at home. These challenges included the search for new leaders, pursuit of civil rights for all and changes in government policies. Moreover, science and technology proved to be important factors in the advancement of the nation. By reviewing the critical events of the post-world war years, you will be able to recognize the forces that shaped the current United States of America.
Course: HST-131, Media: B, DTB, DTB-DL or LP, Lessons: 9
Course ID: HST-131
Adult Continuing Education and High School Programs
After the world wars, the United States confronted many obstacles at home. The challenges included the search for new leaders, the pursuit of civil rights for all people, and the changes in government policies. The country faced political and socio-economic changes. Moreover, science and technology proved to be important factors in the advancement of the United States. By reviewing the critical events of the post-world war years, you will be able to recognize the forces that shaped the current United States of America.
This course in the U.S. History series is based on Units 10 to 12 of the textbook, A History of the United States. The course is divided into three modules, which are further divided into lessons.
Each course in the U.S. History series earns 0.5 unit. Therefore, students who complete all four courses in the series will earn a total of 2 units.
Nine assignments are submitted to the instructor.
Average Completion Time
approximately 9 months
Supplementary Course Materials
Objectives and Content
Module 1, based on Unit 10 of the textbook, includes Lessons 1 to 3.
After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to
1. identify the causes of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union
2. examine how the United States confronted postwar problems at home and abroad
3. discuss President Truman's administration in terms of domestic and foreign affairs
After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to
1. examine how a Republican President handled domestic and foreign policies after a 20-year rule of Democratic Presidents
2. discuss the Eisenhower administration and its position in the political spectrum
3. describe the highlights of the civil rights movement through the 1950s
4. analyze how Eisenhower handled the difficult international events around 1956
After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to
1. identify the demographic changes in American society after World War II
2. examine the growth of the American economy and changes in everyday life during this period
3. describe the character of American education and religion during the postwar period
4. discuss how books and other cultural forces influenced American society and affected the process of historical investigation
Module 2, based on Unit 11 of the textbook, includes Lessons 4 to 6.
After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to
1. examine the election of 1960, in particular the importance of religion in presidential campaigns
2. describe the lessons that President Kennedy learned in the area of foreign affairs
3. discuss how the United States dealt with Communist challenges
4. identify the key elements of President Kennedy's "New Frontier" policies
5. summarize the impact of Kennedy's Presidency and death on the American people
After completing Lesson 5, you will be able to
1. describe the presidential election of 1964
2. discuss LBJ's "Great Society" program and its impact on government spending
3. examine the African-American revolt and youth rebellion of this decade
4. explain why the Vietnam War became the United States' most unpopular war
After completing Lesson 6, you will be able to
1. discuss the 1968 presidential election and some of the controversial decisions of the Warren Court
2. examine the impact of the Vietnam War on the
United States and the importance of Nixon's trip to China
3. summarize the events of the Watergate affair and their impact on civil rights and liberties in times of national crisis
Module 3, based on Unit 12 of the textbook, includes Lessons 7 to 9.
After completing Lesson 7, you will be able to
1. describe the struggle to ensure equal opportunity and individual freedom
2. examine the progress made toward equality for African-Americans
3. review issues of the women's rights movement
4. discuss the governmental policy toward Native Americans since the New Deal
5. examine the diversity among Hispanics in the United States
6. summarize recent changes in immigration patterns and legislation
7. identify the demands for equality in American society
After completing Lesson 8, you will be able to
1. describe the Ford administration, including the election of 1976
2. identify the difficulties of the Carter administration
3. discuss the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam and the successes of shuttle diplomacy
4. summarize Carter's new foreign initiatives
5. explain the Reagan administration's involvement in the economy by means of fiscal and monetary policy
6. examine the changing U.S. economy during the 1980s
After completing Lesson 9, you will be able to
1. describe the state of foreign affairs during Reagan's first term
2. identify key challenges that Reagan faced during his second term
3. explain the decline of President Reagan's popularity
4. discuss the end of the Reagan years and the 1988 election
5. examine the end of the cold war and the significance of the Charter of Paris
6. describe some of the world conflicts under the Bush administration
7. identify major issues of the last two years of the Bush administration, including the 1992 electoral campaign
8. discuss important issues that Clinton faced during the first part of his Presidency