Essential Knowledge -- 1950s & 1960s -- Postwar America & the Civil Rights Era

  1. Explain why the Taft-Hartley Act was passed and its impact on labor.
  2. Describe the steps the government took during the Eisenhower administration to further racial equality.
  3. Examine the effect of the Cold War on the development of technology in the United States; including Sputnik, H-Bomb, nuclear power, etc.
  4. Summarize the crises that developed over Cuba during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
  5. Describe the events of the assassination of President Kennedy and its effect on Americans.
  6. Trace the major advances made and the characteristics of the Civil Rights movement.
  7. Describe the problems faced by African Americans living in Northern cities and the race riots during the 1960’s.