Executive Order 9981

President Truman ended segregation in the armed services in 1948 with Executive Order 9981.

This historic document is easy for students to decipher and a valuable look at a primary source document.

We have included a copy of the EO as well as questions and answers.

For more on this era see our Civil Rights Movement PowerPoint.

President Truman on the Marshall Plan

After World War II, the U.S. was left with the responsibility of taking care of the battered nations across Europe.

George C. Marshall came up with a plan to revitalize the economies and help stabilize the region.

We have an earlier post which includes a transcript of Marshall’s speech as well as questions and answers for students.

Today’s posting includes Truman convincing Congress to approve the plan.

Check out our new World History Modern Era: 1945-1970, as well as the U.S. History Cold War Era: Truman to Kennedy PowerPoints for further exploration of this topic.