Containment and Consensus
  • Emerging Postwar Power Relationships
  • Eisenhower’s Foreign Policies
  • Domestic Policies and Constitutional Issues
  • The Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • The American People in the Postwar Era

Common Core Standards

Reading Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies Grades 11-12

  • Standards: 4

Writing Standards for Literacy in History/ Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects Grades 11-12

  • Standards: 9

Suggested Student Objectives

  • Describe the foreign policies of the postwar period under the Eisenhower administration
  • Describe victories in African Americans’ struggle for civil rights
  • Examine changes in American society in the 1950’s


  • Read excerpts from the Eisenhower Doctrine. Working in small groups, summarize the President’s views on the post-war world. (R-4; W-9)
  • Read Letters From A Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr. Each student will summarize the author’s view. (R-4; W-9)

Resource Links

GALE U.S. History in Context (login required) Search:
  • 1950s
  • Segregation
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

Suggested Additional Readings

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
“Letter from a Birmingham” Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
Title IX
Ohio by David Cosby and Stephen Stills
Engle vs Vitale
Nixon vs The United States
The New Buffalo? By Bill Clinton
Video- Remarks by George Bush to Parents and Students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School (9/11/2001)


United States History and Government Regents Exam

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