The Truman Doctrine, 1947 lesson

The Truman Doctrine, 1947

The Truman Doctrine, announced by President Harry S. Truman in 1947, was a critical foreign policy statement that defined the United States’ stance towards the Soviet Union and the spread of communism during the Cold War. This lesson plan, created by the Cunning History Teacher, provides an overview of the Truman Doctrine and its significance in modern history.

The lesson begins by providing brief background information on the political and ideological climate of the post-World War II era. Students will learn about the increasing tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union and how these tensions led to the development of the Truman Doctrine.

Next, the lesson focuses on the key components of the Truman Doctrine, including the concept of “containment” and the “Domino Theory.” Students will learn how President Truman’s foreign policy aimed to prevent the spread of communism and protect democracy by providing economic and military aid to countries threatened by communist expansion.

Student activities include reading a short passage about the Truman Doctrine, analysing primary sources such as an extract from Truman’s speech and completing a drawing activity that illustrates the concept of “containment” and the “Domino Theory.” These activities will help students to develop their critical thinking and analysis skills, as well as their understanding of the events and significance of the Truman Doctrine.

The lesson is designed to be adaptable for different grade levels and can be used in various settings, including high school and college-level classes.

Overall, this lesson plan introduces the Truman Doctrine and its place in modern history. It is a valuable resource for any teacher looking to teach about the Cold War and its impact on the world. By the end of the lesson, students will better understand the reasons behind President Truman’s foreign policy of “containment” and the significance of the Truman Doctrine in the history of the Cold War.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include a short reading, source analysis and comprehension resulting in a drawing activity.
Estimated lessons:1.
Ages14-18 years.
Format Word Document

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