These lessons focus on events surrounding the Cold War. The first is an inquiry that asks students to consider Soviet and American perspectives about the causes of the Cold War. An Opening Up the Textbook lesson asks students to question textbook accounts of the CIA's covert operations in Guatemala, and another has students compare how North and South Korean textbooks cover the Korean War. In other lessons, students analyze declassified government documents about the Cuban Missile Crisis and evaluate whether the U.S. intended to escalate military operations in Vietnam before the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. In a lesson on the confrontation between Truman and MacArthur, students gauge the public response to MacArthur's dismissal by analyzing memos and letters sent to President Truman.

Image: Photo of Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilo Irwin taken by David R. Scott in 1971. From the Wikimedia Commons.
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