American history: 1946 - 1999


 

Modern Era: 1946 - 1999

The development and growth of the United States during this era was influenced by helping Europe recover from World War II and U.S. involvement in other wars - mainly the Cold War with the Soviet Union and the Vietnam and Korean Wars ...

Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin: Yalta, February 1945 - PowerPoint-Präsentation

After the Second World War

The Second World War shaped the history of the world for the next fifty years. It established a world dominated by just two global powers: the United States and Communist Russia ...

The Cold War - Soviet expansion

There had always been tension between the Communist system of Russia and the Capitalist system of the West ...

The United Nations Organisation

The League of Nations Organisation had disintegrated on the outbreak of war in 1939 and the Allies agreed that something more effective should replace it ...

UN Agencies - The UN since 1945

The Charter set up a number of agencies to ensure that the world would be not just a safer place but also a better educated, more prosperous and healthier one ...

Melting pot and mosaics

For years, it was thought that the United States was and should be a "melting pot" ...

Tennessee Williams: The Glass Menagerie (1945)

The Wingfield apartment is in the rear of the building ...

Prosperity and Problems

"The war?" the former Red Cross worker said to the interviewer ...

Prosperity and Problems - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The birth of NATO

In the years after 1945 the non-communist governments of Western Europe looked uneasily at the huge Russian armies grouped just behind the barbed-wire fences of the Iron Curtain ...

Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman (1949)

A melody is heard, played upon a flute ...

Cold War and Korea

The United States was the strongest country on earth in 1945 ...

Cold War and Korea - PowerPoint-Präsentation

J.D. Salinger: The Catcher In The Rye (1951)

Ernest Hemingway - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea (1952)

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish ...

Black Americans

"How should we punish Hitler?" a reporter asked a young American black girl towards the end of the Second World War ...

Black Americans - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Fighting for Civil Rights

During the 1950s, black leaders began to use marches, demonstrations and the courts to defeat racist laws ...

Rosa Parks Was Arrested for Civil Disobedience

Rosa Parks stood up for what she believed, or rather, sat down for what she believed ...

Rosa Parks - PowerPoint-Präsentation

A Balance of Terror

The bomb exploded in a blinding burst of green-white light ...

A Balance of Terror - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Elvis Presley

Forty years ago in the United States, there were already many different kinds of popular music ...

Leonard Bernstein - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Hellmuth Karasek: Vertigo (1958)

Hitchcock selbst erinnerte sich missmutig daran, dass Kim Novak "mit dem Kopf voller Ideen, die ich leider nicht teilen konnte", zu den Dreharbeiten gekommen sei.

Alfred Hitchcock: Vertigo (1958) - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Billy Wilder - PowerPoint-Präsentation

John Updike: Rabbit, Run (1960) - deutsch

Jungen, die Basketball spielen um einen Telegraphenmasten herum, an den sie ein Brett genagelt haben ...

John Updike - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Kennedy's Peace Corps

In their rivalry with the Soviet Union, American governments never forgot the lesson of the Marshall Plan ...

America's Back Yard

"Muera Nixon, Muera Nixon!" - Death to Nixon! A barricade blocked the road ...

America's Back Yard - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The Berlin Wall

Just after midnight on Sunday, August 13, 1961, trucks rolled through the silent streets of East Berlin ...

The Berlin Wall - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Andy Warhol: Close Cover before Striking, Pepsi Cola, 1962 - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Richard Yates: The B.A.R. Man (1962)

Until he got his name on the police blotter, and in the papers, nobody had ever thought much about John Fallon.

Richard Yates - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Crisis over Cuba

Cuba is an island only ninety miles from the coast of the United States ...

Crisis over Cuba - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The Cuban Missile Crisis

It was early in 1962 when the head of the Soviet Union - Nikita Khrushchev – decided that his country didn't have enough weapons ...

March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, the Civil Rights Movement reached its height of attention and impact with a huge march in Washington, D.C. ...

Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I Have A Dream"

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation ...

The Vietnam Years

One of the landmarks of Washington, D.C., is a massive building of white marble ...

The Vietnam Years - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Bob Dylan

Songs of protest have played a part in American life for many years ...

Stanley Kubrick - PowerPoint-Präsentation

The Space Race

"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth ..."

The Space Race - PowerPoint-Präsentation

July 20, 1969 - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Death at Kent State

Kent State University is in Ohio ...

Francis Ford Coppola: The Godfather (1971)

Das Hochzeitsfest im Garten der Villa ist in vollem Gange ...

The Watergate Affair

In 1972, Richard Nixon was re-elected ...

Henry Kissinger

In 1938, a fifteen-year-old Jewish boy was forced to flee from Germany with his parents in order to escape imprisonment in one of Hitler's concentration camps ...

Henry Kissinger - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Stanley Kubrick: Barry Lyondon (1974) - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Martin Scorsese - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Woody Allen: Manhattan (1979) - PowerPoint-Präsentation

MTV

Some people, mainly parents and teachers, say MTV is like fast food ...

Reagan and the Sandinistas

Nicaragua is a country in Central America ...

Reagan and the Sandinistas - PowerPoint-Präsentation

American Hispanics

In 1950 the population of the United States included fewer than four million resident "Hispanics" - that is, people originating from Spanish-speaking countries ...

American Hispanics - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Michael Jackson - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Paul Auster: City of Glass (1985)

Madonna

The other eighties superstar apart from Michael Jackson was Madonna ...

An End to Cold War?

"They talk about who lost and who won. Human reason won. Mankind won ..."

An End to Cold War? - PowerPoint-Präsentation

David Lynch: Twin Peaks (1989) - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Steven Spielberg

In 1994 he won the most important film prize, the Oscar for "Schindler's List" ...

Steven Spielberg: Schindler's List - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Woody Allen: Bullets Over Broadway (1994) - PowerPoint-Präsentation

Will Smith

Before Will Smith, 36, was famous, his friends called him „Prince“ ...

Pop today - and tomorrow

Today, pop is for everyone ...

Celine Dion: My Heart Will Go On (1997)

Nachts in meinen Träumen seh' ich Dich, ich spür' Dich und ich weiß, dass Du weiterlebst ...

Our Packed Planet

Six billion people are putting a squeeze on the earth´s resources

Poké Power

Meet the quiet genius behind the ever expanding Pokémon universe

The American Century

Denims and hot dogs, skyscrapers and supermarkets, mass production and rock music - what do all these have in common? ...

The American Century - PowerPoint-Präsentation