Period 8.pptx - Period 8 1945 1980 Takeaway 1 The United States positioned itself as a global leader The Cold War an escalating struggle between the

Period 8.pptx - Period 8 1945 1980 Takeaway 1 The United...

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Period 8: 1945- 1980
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Takeaway 1 The United States positioned itself as a global leader. The Cold War, an escalating struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union, defined this period. Fearing the expansion of communism, the United States got involved in two major military engagements in Korea and Vietnam.
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Takeaway 2 Initially, there was major American support for an anticommunist foreign policy. As the war in Vietnam dragged on, however, mass antiwar protests broke out across the United States. Passionate debates over war in Southeast Asia, the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and the power of the executive branch were all central to the politics of this period.
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Pentagon Papers (1971)
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Takeaway 3 Civil rights activists energized a new nationwide movement for racial progress. Martin Luther King Jr. used the strategies of nonviolent protest, direct action, and legal battles. The landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954) was a
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