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Blog Post: Essential Questions for Teaching September 11
This post helps teachers understand how to both memorialize September 11 and contextualize the history of the day through five essential questions. Targeted toward secondary students, the questions can help teachers and students compare aspects of September 11 to other events in American history and teach them throughout the year. Written by Joan Brodsky Schur, a panelist for the Smithsonian's September 11: Teaching Contemporary History forum, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.
The Strategy of Containment, 1947-1948
In this lesson, one of a multi-part unit from EDSITEment, students examine the origins of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, with particular attention on the U.S. strategy of containment. Through the use of original documents, mostly from the Truman Presidential Library, students study what containment meant in theory and then examine the first two major instances of its application--the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.
New American Roles
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war in 1989, the United States stood alone as a military superpower. Americans struggled to define the roles they should play in the community of nations and fought to defend their interests against threats at home as well as abroad. In this section of The Price of Freedom: Americans at War, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn about American involvement in the Persian Gulf War, the global war on terrorism that began with the attacks on September 11, 2001 and the invasion of Iraq.