The Cold War

Generalization: During the years that followed World War II, America reluctantly accepted its responsibilities as a major player in world affairs.  Despite sometimes disappointing leadership and more than a few major blunders, the country was still moderately successful in leading the free world through the difficult years of what is often called the Cold War. 

I.    Intro.

II.    Origins of the Cold War
A.  Soviet expansion during/after WW II
    1. Yalta and Potsdam Conferences
    2. Soviet Atrocities
    3. The Iron Curtain falls
B. Advantages/disadvantage of Free World

III.    Truman
A.    Clearing out the pinkos
B.    Truman Doctrine
C.    Marshall Plan
D.    NATO
E.    Cold War setbacks
F.    Korea

IV.    Eisenhower
A.    1952 Campaign
B.    End to Korean War
C.    Vietnam
D.    Hungary
E.    Domestic policy—1950’s prosperity
F.    Cuba
G.    Sputnik
H.    Berlin Crisis

V.    Kennedy
A.    Background
B.    1960 Election
C.    Camelot!
D.    Cuba: Bay of Pigs/Cuban Missile Crisis
E.    Ich Bin Ein Berliner…
F.    Vietnam