Cold War Learning Guide I (Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson)

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Cold War Learning Guide I

(Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson)


Analyze the tensions that existed between the United States and the Soviet Union following World War II and how these developed into the Cold War.

Evaluate the responses of the Truman administration to the onset of the Cold War and to early conflicts such as the Berlin Airlift, Marshall Plan, and Truman Doctrine.

Assess the significance of the Korean War.

Explain the rise and fall of McCarthyism in the United States from 1950 to 1954.

Evaluate Eisenhower's success or failure in waging the Cold War.

Explain the expansion of the Cold War in the 1950s into Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Analyze Kennedy's attitude toward the Cold War and nuclear armaments and the possible long-term consequences vis-à-vis the Soviet Union.

Compare and contrast the arguments for continued confrontation or conciliation with the Russians in the context of the Cuban missile crisis.

Understand the reasons for America's escalation of the Vietnam conflict and how this undermined the Johnson administration.

Explain how and why the year 1968 seemed to mark a turning point in the Vietnam War.


George Kennan

Alger Hiss

Joseph McCarthy

Edward R. Murrow

General Douglas MacArthur

Mao Zedong


Fidel Castro

Ngo Dinh Diem

Robert McNamara
Cold War concepts/terms

“Iron Curtain”

Loyalty Boards

Truman Doctrine

Marshall Plan

National Security Act

Brussels Pact

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Berlin Airlift

Warsaw Pact

House Un-American Activities Committee

Rosenberg trial

Organization of American States

Geneva Conference

Baghdad Pact

Eisenhower Doctrine


Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD)


U-2 incident

Military Industrial Complex

Bay of Pigs invasion

Berlin Wall

Cuban Missile Crisis

Domino Theory

Geneva Accords

Viet Cong

Gulf of Tonkin Resolution


Ho Chi Minh Trail

Tet offensive

My Lai Massacre

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