Map of the Paramount Television Network, 1948-1956
Map of the Paramount Television Network, 1948-1956

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From Quizlet, AP US History flashcards for the 1950s.

Korean War (1950-53)

rotating gif.gifFor more resources and information on the Korean War, see World History II.19 and II.32.

The Korean War from the History Channel

From PBS, a brief overview of the war as long as the key players and result.

timeline2_rus.svg.pngFrom the Truman Library, The Korean War and Its Origins. This page has key documents and is set up as a timeline of sorts.
Multimedia.pngA video highlighting the main events of the Korean War.
The Korean War Memorial, Washington DC
The Korean War Memorial, Washington DC

Multimedia.pngA 90 minute documentary about the Korean War.
multicultural.pngAfrican-Americans in the Korean War. The Korean War was the first war that America was involved in where troops were completely integrated.



McCarthyism and the Red Scare

rotating gif.gifFor more information and resources, see (23) The US and the Early Cold War and United States History II 24.

From the History Channel, Joseph R. McCarthy

Senator Joe McCarthy and the Red Scare, from Mt. Holyoke

The House of Un-American Activities

Elections of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and 1956

rotating gif.gifGo to United States History II.23 for information and resources about Truman and Eisenhower presidencies.

Eisenhower defeated Adlai Stevenson both in the elections of 1952 and 1956.

Campaigns and Elections of Eisenhower from the Miller Center

external image 1952.jpg1952 Presidential Election from UCSB

1956 Campaign from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and the results.

Impact and legacy of Eisenhower's Presidency

timeline2_rus.svg.pngTimeline of Eisenhower's Presidency.

The 1957 Eisenhower Doctrine

Civil Rights Movement (started in 1954)

rotating gif.gifGo to United States History II.25 and II.26 for more background on the Civil Rights Movement.

external image 200px-Hebrew_timeline.svg.pngSee also, NAACP 100 of History Timeline focuses on milestone events in civil rights history for the past 100 years, and Civil Rights Movement timeline during the 1950s.


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Medal Commemorating Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine, Harry and Eliza Briggs and Levi Pearson


Brown v. Board of Education (1955)

The History of Brown v. Board of Education from the United States Court Site

From PBS, Brown v. Board of Education

Written decision from Chief Justice Earl Warren of Brown v. Board of Education.

From the Washington Post, Five Myths about Brown v. Board

Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955-56)

From the History Channel, the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
primary_sources.PNGSarah Keyes Speaks about Segregated Buses from NBC News, December 18, 1955.

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott from Historical Thinking Matters has documents, video and audio along with focus questions for use with students.
primary_sources.PNGSpeech from Martin Luther King Jr. concerning the bus boycott.

Little Rock Crisis (1957)

Eisenhower and the Little Rock Crisis

The Little Rock Crisis

Lesson plan packet for teaching the Little Rock Nine.

external image Reports.gifTeaching the Movement: The State of Civil Rights Education in the United States 2011 from the Southern Poverty Law Center documents the neglect of the Civil Rights Movement in history teaching across the nation.
  • 16 states do not require any instruction about civil rights.
  • Only 2% of 12th graders on the 2010 NEAP US History exam could identify that the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was "prompted by segregation" and that "segregation applied to schools."
  • See the article, Rosa Parks: Abused and Misused from Teaching Tolerance Magazine.
  • Rotating_globe-small.gifHow do You Teach the Civil Rights Movement? from The New York Times reviews how the struggle for African American rights is treated in curriculum frameworks and schools around the country.

Multimedia.pngSee E.W. Steptoe Greets Bob Moses, 1963 for a short clips from Freedom Bound by Harvey Richards that focuses on efforts to register African Americans to vote in the South in the 1950s and 1960s


Culture of the 1950s


See United States History II.22 for causes and consequences of important domestic Cold War trends

Youth Culture and Culture of the 1950s

The Beat Generation of the 1950s

From PBS, the Beat Generation and the Beat Museum

external image tumblr_inline_n1mfetVby71rqcfmr.jpgHowl by Allen Ginsberg

external image jkstamp2.gifSparknotes version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road