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"Proxy war" between the East (Soviet Union and it Communist allies) and the West (U.S. and its Capitalist allies), 1945-1989.
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Cold War
"Proxy war" between the East (Soviet Union and it Communist allies) and the West (U.S. and its Capitalist allies), 1945-1989.
Mao Zedong
Leader of Communist China following the end of WWII.
Marlon Brando
Major American motion picture actor of the early post war era.
American foreign policy that sought to "contain" Communism where it existed.
G.I. Bill
Government-funded financial aid for WWI veterans; enabled war vets to attend college.
George Kennan
American foreign policy expert who warned of Communism's growth in postwar Europe.
One of the first planned suburban communities in postwar America.
Jackie Robinson
First black athlete to re-integrate major league baseball during the post WWII era.
First satellite launched into space by humans; represented Russia's early lead in the postwar " Space Race" between the U.S. and Russia.
Bandung Conference
Meeting of Third-World nations held in Indonesia; represented the start of world-wide attack against European colonization.
Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
Nuclear standoff between U.S. and Russia over Russia's effort to place nuclear weapons in Cuba.
Fidel Castro
Leader of communist revolution in Cuba, 1950-present.
Dien Bien Phu
Battle that represented the end of French colonialism in Vietnam (1954).
Ho Chi Min
Leader of communist Viet Min resistance fighters in Vietnam.
John F. Kennedy
35th President of the U.S., 1960-1963(Democrat).
March on Washington (1963)
High point in the Civil Rights Movement; included Rev. King's "I Have a Dream Speech."
Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-1956)
Protest by blacks in Montgomery, Al over segregated seating on public buses; event brought Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. to nation's consciousness.
American Indian Movement (AIM)
Indian protest movement dedicated to improving social and economic conditions effecting Native Americans, and to preserving their traditional cultures.
Feminine Mystique
Betty Friedan's 1963 book that revealed the disappointments and frustrations of educated American women; inspired the Women's Rights Movement.
Freedom Rides (1964)
Protest strategy used by black and white civil rights workers to challenge racial segregation in interstate transportation.
Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)
World heavyweight boxing champion; changed religion to Islam; later stripped of title for refusing service in U.S. Armed Forces.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
Student movement that offered negative critique of 1960's american liberalism.
Tet Offensive
Surprise attack by Communist North Vietnamese forces during Vietnam's New York celebrations; shoed U.S. had seriously underestimated Viet Cong forces.
Musical event (1969) in New York state that represented the height of the Counterculture Movement.
Relaxation of political tensions
Sandra Day O'Conner
First female to serve on U.S. Supreme Court
Oil Producing & Exporting countries (OPEC)
Organization of nations that provide oil to the rest of the world.
1972 Olympic Games (Germany)
Site of violent Islamic-Jewish hostilities
A pragmatic approach to national/foreign policies.
Richard Nixion
First American president to vist Communist China.
Three Mile Island
Nuclear power plant in PA; site of 1979 nuclear power plant malfunction.
Major television program depicting the African America slave experience.
Title IX
Federal legislation that called for equal treatment of men's & women's intercollegiate athletic programs.
Political controversy caused by Republicans' efforts to subvert Democrats' 1974 election efforts; led to resignation of President Nixion.

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