The Truman Doctrine and Soviet Expansion

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What if the United States had not adopted a policy of containment of the USSR? What if the US had not adopted the Truman Doctrine or the Marshall Plan? After examining primary source documents that reveal American policy in the early stages of the Cold War, class members offer an alternate history of how America might have responded to this event if the United States did not pursue a policy of containment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by having groups investigate the consequences of Russian involvement in the Middle East
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is designed to be used at the end of a unit study of the early years of the Cold War
  • Would work best with honors or AP level history classes
Pros

  • The 27-page packet includes extensive background information about events of the period, the primary source documents, images, worksheets, and graphic organizers
Cons

  • Class members should be adept at reading challenging materials