Lesson Plan

Civil Rights and Cold Warriors

Three presidents, three views on civil rights. Scholars compare the administrations of President Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy to understand how each addressed the issue of civil rights. The lesson uses primary sources and graphic organizers to help scholars analyze the information. Young historians also participate in group discussion to share their finding on each administration. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Review key vocabulary before beginning the lesson 
  • Guide a group discussion on which president addressed the issue of civil rights the best
Classroom Considerations
  • Depending on time constraints, students may need to complete the assessment later
  • Resource includes an end of lesson assessment
  • Lesson includes an answer key to make grading easier 
  • None