Period 8: 1945-1980

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.

Must-Know Review Terms List

List of Factual Content for the APUSH Test (Revised 2017)

  • Cold War/Détente
  • Communism - world & home
  • Korean conflict
  • “military industrial complex”
  • Oil crises/energy policy
  • Civil rights move./other activists
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • The Great Society
  • Civil Rights Act (1964)
  • Supreme Court decisions
  • Vietnam War
  • Sunbelt
  • Immigration Act of 1965
  • Feminists/counterculture
  • Evangelism/religious fundamentalism

Factual Content Quizlet for Unit 8

Study Resources

Vietnam War Presentation

Of Interest