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Post-World War II Globalization - U.S. Citizens Living Overseas

Post-World War II Globalization - U.S. Citizens Living Overseas

Activity Description


Students will analyze the 1950 Census form for Americans living overseas and 1910–1990 census data for these Americans to understand the impact of the Cold War on the number of U.S. citizens living abroad.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60 minutes

Learning Objective

  • Students will be able to describe changes in population data for Americans living overseas during the mid- to late 20th century.

Material Required

  • The student version of this activity, 10 pages

Activity Items

The following items are part of this activity. Items, their sources, and any relevant instructions for viewing them
online appear at the end of this teacher version.

  • 1950 Census Form P5
  • Americans Overseas in U.S. Censuses

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will analyze census data during the 20th century for Americans living overseas.


High School History


  • The Cold War
  • Post-World War II era
  • Rise of globalization

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing historical data
  • Analyzing primary sources


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