Winston Churchill Teacher Resources
Who is most responsible for peace in the 20th century?
Depending on one’s subject matter, scope of research, and political alignment, the answer to this question could vary widely. But most would agree that Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister to England during two tumultuous periods in the country’s history, belongs on the list of powerful leaders who actively sought peace in their time.
To put Churchill’s influence into context within a social studies class, use a thorough unit on the political, environmental, social, and technological developments of the 20th century, and a lesson that explains the Grand Alliance using primary source documents. Link a study on Churchill to language arts with two activities on his famous speeches: one on his June 4, 1940 address to the House of Commons, and another that compares Churchill's use of rhetoric to speeches by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Take a step forward in history with this resource that details the way England transitioned from the destruction of World War II to the uncertainty of the Cold War. Additionally, a comparative lesson prompts learners to examine the roots of the Cold War, including the influence of Churchill on the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine.
Peace in the 20th century would be hard fought and not without devastating loss. But Winston Churchill’s fierce protection of democracy was be a major contributor to the end of war, the development of a united front, and an enduring inspiration for leaders of future generations.