President Grant, Congress, and the Fifteenth Amendment

President Grant sent a telegram to Congress in March of 1870 announcing the ratification of the 15th amendment, an action he acknowledged was breaking protocol.

He wanted to emphasize the importance of the amendment, as he believed it to be the single greatest action taken since the founding of the nation.

We have included a copy of the telegram, as well questions and answers for students.

For more on this era check out our Reconstruction 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.