Who was primarily responsible for the Cold War? That is the essential question at the heart of a plan that asks young historians to examine a series of primary source documents, formulate a claim, and support their claim with evidence drawn from the documents.
- Pair individuals with opposing viewpoints, and have them share and discuss their claims
- The lesson presumes class members understand the differences between communism and capitalism, and have knowledge of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan
- The nine-page packet includes the plan, a timeline, the documents, a worksheet, and a PowerPoint presentation