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AP® US History Teaching Resource: Period 8: 1945–1980

Overview

After World War II, the United States grappled with prosperity and unfamiliar international responsibilities while struggling to live up to its ideals. The 70 images include primary source documentation of that struggle within postwar America and abroad. The political and social responses to liberalism and an anti-communist foreign policy are documented in this image group, as are the postwar economic,  demographic, and technological changes that had a far-reaching impact on American society, politics, and the environment.

Key Concepts

Key Concept 8.1

— The United States responded to an uncertain and unstable postwar world by asserting and working to maintain a position of global leadership, with far-reaching domestic and international consequences.

Key Concept 8.2

— New movements for civil rights and liberal efforts to expand the role of government generated a range of political and cultural responses.

Key Concept 8.3

— Postwar economic and demographic changes had far-reaching consequences for American society, politics, and culture.

From: The College Board. "AP® United States History Course and Exam Description, Including Curriculum Framework, 2017." https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-us-history-course-and-exam-description.pdf

AP® United States History Curriculum Framework

Key Concepts reproduced in this guide are from: The College Board. "AP® United States History Course and Exam Description, Including Curriculum Framework, 2017." https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-us-history-course-and-exam-description.pdf

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