THE COLD WAR
|I can explain the major events and ideas of the Cold War and discuss their impact on domestic and international relations.|
Now that you understand the big picture of the Cold War, it’s time to start to dig into the events and ideas that dominated American foreign-policy and, for the most part, America on the domestic front for almost 40 years.
Your first task is to ask your parents about their Cold War memories – it should make interesting dinner conversation!
Your assignment for our next class meeting is to examine the early years of the Cold War. Begin by readingAllies to Enemies: Origins of the Cold War from ABC CLIO (usmstudent, historyrules) to get a solid overview of the beginning of the conflict. Then, dig into the era by creating a series of online trading cards about the major events and ideas listed below. You can create these using this template – or you can go with Google docs as well. Split the topics up – don’t try to do them all in one sitting! For each, you should have a title, an essential image, and a brief description of the topic and its impact. You can use the Yalta Conference card as a guide.
- THE IRON CURTAIN – (Churchill delivers **Iron Curtain** speech, Listen to Churchill’s speech, Iron Curtain)
- THE CREATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS The UN is Born,
- CONTAINMENT (and George Kennan) (The Containment Policy, Video – usmstudent, wildcats)
- THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE Truman Doctrine is announced, Truman Doctrine Speech, The Truman Doctrine, Video available – usmstudent, wildcats)
- THE MARSHALL PLAN – The Marshall Plan, Video available (usmstudent, wildcats)
- THE BERLIN BLOCKADE AND AIRLIFT – Berlin Blockade and the Berlin Airlift, Video available (usmstudent, wildcats)
- NATO AND THE WARSAW PACT – Formation of NATO
- THE SOVIET ATOMIC BOMB – Soviet Atomic Bomb, Soviet Atomic Bomb Test
- CHINA AND COMMUNISM – Mao Declares Communist China The Chinese Revolution
Try to get as far as you can … hopefully you will enjoy this last major topic in 8th grade American Studies!