Monthly Archives: February 2019

Documents in Detail: Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine


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An essential statement of America’s changing role in the world at the time, both aimed toward the future and rooted in the past, Theodore Roosevelt’s expansion of the Monroe Doctrine helped to define American international status and power.

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U.S. History Lesson Plans on the Cold War

By definition, the Cold War is an abstraction. Without the sights and sounds of combat we usually associate with international tension and conflict, it can be difficult to fully grasp the enormous impact these 45 years of political hostility between the United States and the Soviet Union had on the world. By studying letters, speech transcripts, and other texts from this era, students can interact with the key voices from the Cold War and begin to understand the circumstances that led to popular culture’s images of Olympic boycotts, Hollywood blacklists, and backyard bomb shelters.

Core Documents Collection

The collection of documents on the Cold War explores the deepening tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. after WWII. The documents go on to examine the associated conditions and power struggles in Asia and the Pacific, which would usher in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Finally, they share the voice of Ronald Reagan, who would begin to see some of the walls come down.

The Cold War Core Document volume contains over two dozen texts, including the following:

John Paton Davies 1943

  • Memorandum by the President’s Adviser and Assistant (Hopkins) of a Conversation During Dinner at the Kremlin

June 1, 1945

June 22, 1945

  • Excerpts from the Ambassador in China (Hurley) to the Secretary of State

July 10, 1945

  • Excerpts from Memorandum by Mr. Edwin A. Locke, Jr., Personal Representative of President Truman

August 20, 1945

  • Speech at Berkeley, California

Dean Acheson March 16, 1950

  • NSC-68: United States Objectives and Programs from National Security




April 14, 1950

  • New Policy of Boldness

John Dulles May 1952

  • Statement on Liberation Policy

John Dulles January 15, 1953

  • Observations on Massive Retaliation

Hans J. Moregenthau March 1954

  • Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

House Joint Resolution 1145

Public Law 88-408

August 10, 1964

  • Vietnam: The Third Face of the War

Lyndon B. Johnson May 13, 1965

  • Address to the Nation on Iran Arms and Contra Aid

Ronald Reagan March 4, 1987

  • Remarks at Moscow State University

Ronald Reagan May 31, 1988


You can use some or all of the Core Documents, tailoring them to your curriculum, schedule, and students’ needs. When you plan a lesson around a Core Document rather than a textbook, you will start to see your students making connections that bring the issues surrounding the Cold War to life.

Accessing the Cold War Core Documents is easy. Just click on the link below and find everything you need to bring the Cold War Era into your classroom today!

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SYNOPSIS: The Cold War volume of Core Documents Collections is designed to help teachers bring to life for students the enormous impact of this 45-year period of hostility between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Check out this unique resource, provided by Teaching American History.

Liberty Fund: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA

14 teachers from across the country gathered in Simi Valley, California, from 15-17 February 2019 to study the papers, ideas, and legacy of President Ronald Reagan. Coming from as far as Connecticut, these teachers engaged in six 90-minute discussion sessions in an effort to study Ronald Reagan’s political philosophy and public life, through a collection of his most notable speeches and some biographical material. Discussion Leader for the weekend was Dr. Stephen Knott of the United States Naval War College, a noted Reagan scholar. The weekend was punctuated by a visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where attendees experienced Reagan’s 707 Air Force One, interacted with artifacts, videos, and images from his presidency, and learned about the ‘Great Communicator’ and the tumultuous times during which he was active in politics.

Saturday Webinar: Imperialists vs. Non-Interventionists


| Open Player in New Window’s Great American Debates Saturday Webinar for 2 February 2019 focused on the heated years of debate during the late 19th and early 20th centuries over America’s role in the world, and whether or not she should seek to create an empire along the lines of what was common for European states at the time.

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