Unit 11: The Cold War
Frameworks for America's Past

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  Teacher / Student Key: pages 145 - 162

Cold War maps

History in Their Own Words:
President Truman: We Must Defend Freedom

Historical photo sets

The United Nations

Europe after World War II

3.  Cold War conflicts in Korea, Cuba, and Vietnam

4.  Weapons of the Cold War
History food feature
Fallout shelter food - 1960s  (a web page that shows the type of food supplies the government put in large public buildings marked as fallout shelters in case of a nuclear attack)
YouTube videos
and Internet sites

Students: Check with your parents for permission before visiting Internet links.

Rebuilding Europe and Japan after WW II, and the beginning of the Cold War - segment from The Century: America's Time - The Best Years (2 of 3).  Watch from 0:15 to 6:37.

The Soviet Union gets atomic weapons, China becomes communist, and the Korean War begins - segment from The Century: America's Time - The Best Years (2 of 3).  Watch from 11:48 to 15:01, and continue to the next segment (3 of 3), up to 1:50.

Make Mine Freedom  (a short 1948 animated film designed to teach Americans about the false promises of communism and the benefits of capitalism)

Nuclear bomb - the first H-bomb test  (a short video of the 1952 test of a very powerful type of atomic / nuclear bomb called a hydrogen bomb or H-bomb)

Cuban missile crisis  (a short overview of the 1962 crisis)

A Soviet radar operator's close call  (a History Channel report about the tough choice a Soviet radar operator made during the Cold War)

President Ronald Reagan's speech at the Berlin Wall  (a clip from Reagan's famous 1987 speech in West Berlin, calling on Soviet leaders to tear down the Berlin Wall.  Watch from 10:04 to 12:15)

"We Are Americans"  (a video based on President Ronald Reagan's inspiring remarks in a Memorial Day speech)

The Berlin Wall comes down in 1989  (A short video clip from a 1989 ABC News report)

Earth at night from space  (Assembled from photographs taken from space - find and compare North Korea and South Korea.)
Mainly for teachers President Ronald Reagan's speech at Moscow State University
(A video and transcript of Reagan's 1988 speech in the Soviet Union.  It touches on many themes, including American life, human rights, the importance of freedom, and his hopes for the people of the Soviet Union.  Click on the icon for full screen viewing.)

SR-71 photo courtesy U.S. Air Force, photo # 020904-O-9999R-003.JPG

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