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Challenges of the Post War World (1946-1968)

What happened in the United States at the end of World War II? What did people do to make things change?

Topic 1: The Marshall Plan

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the Marshall Plan and the United States support of Western Europe after World War II.

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Topic 2: Civil Rights Movement: The Era of Visible Resistance

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources focused on the integration of schools and colleges during the Civil Rights movement.

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Topic 3: “We Shall Overcome”: The Evolution of A Song

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to the important Civil Rights anthem, "We Shall Overcome."

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Topic 4: Cesar Chavez and The Delano Grape Strike

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources and examines the role of migrant farm workers as well as the impact of their nonviolent civil rights protests.

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Topic 5: Television!

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the popularity and impact of television on American society.

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