- Truman’s speech to Congress 3/12/1947, audio available @ www.trumanlibrary.org
- Photographs of Greek devastation available @ www.trumanlibrary.org
- Copy of speech available @ wwww.trumanlibrary.org
Students will use a variety of sources to focus in on Britain’s decision to withdraw from the Mediterranean, and decide reasons why Truman decided to commit the USA unilaterally to replace Britain, based on pictures, his speech, lecture notes, and John Keegan’s Truman Doctrine article
To help students in a Modern American History Class ( grades 11-12) understand one of the
early, as well as the most significant issues of the post-WW2 world “Cold War”
Meets RI History and Social Science US History standards
Benchmark 3: The student uses a working knowledge and understanding of individuals, groups, ideas,
developments, and turning points in the era of the Cold War (1945-1990).
2. analyzes the origins of the Cold War (e.g., establishment of the
Soviet Bloc, Mao’s victory in China, Marshall Plan, Berlin Blockade,
3. (A) evaluates the foreign policies of Truman and Eisenhower during
the Cold War (e.g., establishment of the United Nations,
containment, NATO, Truman Doctrine, Berlin Blockade, Korean
War, Iron Curtain, U-2 incident).
Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
3.(A) uses primary and secondary sources about an event in U.S.
history to develop a credible interpretation of the event, evaluating
on its meaning (e.g., uses provided primary and secondary sources
to interpret a historical-based conclusion).
3aW: Describe and evaluate the evolution of United States domestic and foreign policies including the Cold War.
3aY: Describe the changing character of American society and culture.
7C: Distinguish between fact and opinion and analyze sources to recognize bias and points of view.
And if his tone was in any way alarming. 5) write a one page letter to the editor either supporting or opposing the President’s policy or drawn an editorial cartoon doing the same as above.