Powerpoint - Origins of the Cold War (PDF)

                Powerpoint - The Vietnam War (PDF)
                Presentation - End of the Cold War (PDF) 
                Reagan Bio (PDF) 
                Presentation - The 1970s (PDF) 
    Here is the youtube link to Letters From Vietnam:

    I.          Postwar America

    Text 910-917 (first paragraph)


    How much of the prosperity of this time period is an illusion conjured by a semi-permanent war economy?  Explain your response.



    II.        The Cold War Begins

    Text 920-923 (all), 926-928 (top paragraph, second column), 941; Spirit II 433-435 (Freeman), 435-437 (Stettinius)


    Could rancor between the United States and the Soviet Union that developed in the waning days of WWII and the postwar period been avoided?  If so, how?  If not, why not?



    III.       Stalemate in Korea

    Text 937-939, 948-950 (top sentence)


    Is the Korean War a win, loss, or tie for the United States?  Support your position.



    IV.       The General Takes Over

    Text 950-951 (top four lines, 2nd column), 957-958; Spirit II 465-466 (McCarthy), 466-468 (Smith)

    Is the comparison of the McCarthy Communist Hearings to Salem Witch 
    Trials a fair one?  Why or why not?




    V.        Stirrings of Desegregation

    Text 951-953 (all), 954-955, 956-957 (first paragraph)


    What factors existed at this time period that allowed resistance to segregation to take root?  Why did it not occur to this extent before now?



    VI.       Foreign Affairs of the Eisenhower Years

                Text 958- 964; Spirit 463-464 (Eisenhower) MODERATION


    What foreign policy philosophy dominates the Eisenhower years?  Is it effective?  Explain.



    VII.     The 50’s come to a close

    Text 964-966, 968-969; Spirit II 492-494 (Eisenhower)


    In what ways is the Election of 1960 a “passing of the torch”?





    I.          JFK’s New Frontier

    Text 972-974, 979-982 (top paragraph)


    How much progress was Kennedy able to make in his domestic initiatives during his short presidency? 



    II.        Nadir of Relations: Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy’s Cold War

    Text 976-979; Spirit II 496-497 (Kennedy), 498 (Khruschev), 499 (Kennedy), 499-500(Izvestia)


    Assess Kennedy’s handling of the two Cuban crises of his administration. 



    III.       LBJ’s Great Society

    Text 982-988 (top); Spirit II 503-504 (Johnson), 504-505 (Cleveland Plain Dealer)


    Is Johnson’s concept of a “Great Society” a fulfillment of American ideals of fairness, equality, and compassion; or is it a betrayal of American principles of individualism, limited government, and economic liberty?



    IV.       The Quagmire of Vietnam

    Spirit II 526-527 (Johnson), 529-532 (McNamara), 532-533 (MyLai), 534-535 (Soldiers), 536 (Mauldin Cartoon)


    Is US action in Vietnam justified?  Why or why not?



    V.        Lessons from Southeast Asia

    Spirit II 547-549 (Nixon), 549-551 (St. Louis Dispatch), 555-556 (Nixon), 557-558 (Des Moines Register)


    What factors support the assertion that the United States "lost" in Vietnam?  What might the United States have done differently to "win" the Vietnam War?



    VI.       Nixonian Foreign Policy

    Text 1002-1007, 1012-1013 (first paragraph)



    Is foreign policy under Richard Nixon a success or failure?  Provide specific examples.



    VII.     America under Nixon’s Adminstration

    Text 1007-1011 (first column), 1013-1014


    What positive lessons are there for the United States to learn from the Watergate Scandal? 




    I.          Our First Unelected President

                Text 1016, 1021, 1024


                Is Ford to be lauded or vilified for pardoning Nixon?


    II.        Nice Guys Finish Last – the Carter Years

                Text 1024-1028



    What problems dominated the Carter years that conspired to have him confined to a single-term presidency?



    III.       “Morning In America” – the Return of Conservatism

                Text 1031-1037 (half of 2nd column), 1040-1046 (top), 1054-1055


    What caused a resurgence of conservatism in the 1980s?  How is that resurgence reflected in policy of the Reagan years?  Is Reagan generally an accomplished political leader, or simple a talented actor playing a role?  Explain.



    IV.       A Whimper, not a Bang:  The Cold War Comes to a Close

                Text 1037-1040, 1046-1049; Spirit 592-596 (Four Views)

    Did America “win” the Cold War?  Why or why not?



    V.        A New World Order

                Text 1049-1053


    Was Bush wise to pursue limited goals in the Persian Gulf War, or should he have lobbied for the removal of Saddam Hussein?  Why didn’t he do so?



    VI.       The Baby Boomers Take Charge

                Text 1056-1064 (top paragraph)


    Did President Clinton’s actions in the Lewinsky Affair rise to the level of an impeachable offense?  Why or why not?



    VII.     The 2000 Election Debacle and the Tragedy of 9-11

                Text 1064-1073

    Is the USA Patriot Act an appropriate government response to the dangers posed by international terrorism or a violation of constitutional rights? Support your position.

Last Modified on May 1, 2014