Confronting Third World Nationalism: The United States and the Overthrow of Prime Minister Mossadegh

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Not all rebellions are led by the people. An intriguing lesson explores the overthrowing of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh by the CIA. Scholars view a series of images and read background information to understand the circumstances that led to the event.  Academics also complete written prompts and participate in group discussion to understand the United States' role in world affairs. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mossadegh to similar incidents in South America
  • Review key vocabulary before the lesson begins 
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires printing resources in advance
Pros
  • Pupils may work in groups 
  • The lesson uses primary images to help learners practice historical analysis 
Cons
  • None