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Cold War and the Super Powers


Your students will gain a solid understanding of the Cold War era that led to the nuclear arms race, and has now resulted in worldwide concern with the control and disposal of nuclear weapons and waste. Documents convey the fear, hysteria and brinkmanship diplomacy of those perilous days, bring alive Cold War personalities such as Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Harry Truman and Joe McCarthy; and provide an up-close look at the House Un-American Activities Committee proceedings. Broadsheets detail the era from beginning to end. Historian: Stephen M. Forman, adapted by Muriel L. Dubois. The contents of this Jackdaw feature:


  • Communism vs. Democracy
  • World War II Ends and the Cold War Begins
  • Leadership During the Cold War
  • The Berlin Wall Falls and the Cold War ends

Timeline: 1917-1994

Historical Documents

  • Winston Churchill’s “The Sinews of Peace” speech, March 5, 1946.
  • Photos: House Un-American Activities Committee vs. Hollywood, 1947.
  • Communist Party membership card, 1947.
  • “100 Things You Should Know About Communism ...” questions and answers from HUAC booklet.
  • Washington, D.C. defense map, 375 mile radius, 1952.
  • Philadelphia Inquirer front page: “Rosenbergs Die ...,” June 1953.
  • Joseph McCarthy’s telegram to President Truman and Truman’s response, 1950.
  • “Atomic Weapons Handbook” front page, 1959.
  • Poster: JFK and the Cuban missile crisis, 1962.
  • Photos: Missiles of the Cold War.
  • Fallout/bomb shelter plans.
  • Civil defense preparations, 1950-67.
  • U.S. & Soviet postwar summit history chart, 1955-88.

Reproducible Student Activities

Price: $69.50



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