America's Response to Fear

Module 4 - America's Response to Fear


America emerged from World War II as a preeminent world power. The economy was in one of its longest periods of growth in our nation’s history, leading to the creation of a solid middle class. Efforts to expand civil rights meant that more Americans were enjoying that prosperity than ever before. America’s industrial might, combined with its monopoly on atomic weaponry, also made it a military power that eclipsed all other nations except the USSR. Many were justified in believing that America was the best place in the world to live and work.

Underneath this newfound prosperity, however, was an equally powerful current of fear. The Cold War made the threat of espionage, sabotage, and nuclear war palpable. The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Korean War and the early stages of the Vietnam War seemed to suggest that military might alone was enough to win the war against communism. The efforts at desegregation revived old fears about race, never far from the surface, that resulted in regular acts of violence. The growth of new technologies was making some traditional factory jobs obsolete, changing the economic fabric of America and leaving an increasing number of Americans insecure about their future.


  1. Module readings, evidence log entries, and lectures (1/9-2/2)
  2. The Looming Tower: Ch. 1 - 1/22; Ch. 2 - 1/28; Ch. 3 - 2/4; Ch. 4 - 2/7; Ch. 5 - 2/13; Ch. 6 - 2/21; Ch. 7 - 2/25
  3. Evidence log for Module 1 due (1/23)
  4. Socratic seminar covering the readings (1/23)
  5. Fear Project (1/23-2/11) - SUBMISSION FORM
  6. Module 4 Note Packet
  7. Module 4 Test (2/26)
  8. Latin roots lists and quizzes in English (TBD)
  9. Colon & Semicolon Punctuation Mini-Lesson

Readings and Media

Project Materials

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