The beginning of the Cold War

This cartoon, drawn by Bruce Russell in 1945, is an excellent example of the symbols and concepts used throughout the Cold War.

What is so interesting about it is that it was drawn in 1945, at the beginning of the decades long conflict.

We have included a copy of the cartoon with questions and answers for your classroom.

For more on this era check out our resources:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Simulation games

Final Days of Okinawa July 1945

This short newsreel contains fantastic footage from WWII.

Note: the second clip, which gets cut off, contains racist language towards the Japanese.

For more on this era check put our WWII resources:

US History PowerPoints

World History PowerPoints

Simulation Games

Films

Historic Film Collection, Part 3

The Arm Behind the Army, 1942

This Signal Corps WWII propaganda film details the importance of the worker to the victory of American armies.

It clearly shows the link between the work on the homefront and success against the Axis powers abroad.

For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoints:

World History PowerPoints:

Safeguarding Military Information, 1941

The message of this film essentially is “loose lips sink ships”.

Interesting piece of propaganda urging people to be careful not to share information during the war in order to prevent unnecessary death(s).

For more on this era check out our US History PowerPoints:

World History PowerPoints:

The French Revolution and A Tale of Two Cities

Analyzing documents is an important part of any history curriculum. That is why our PowerPoints include lessons, often with historical speeches and letters.

Our French Revolution PowerPoint contains an excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

It helps students understand that reading literature is also part of being a historian since authors tend to editorialize stories with their own slant on current events.

We have included a copy of an excerpt, questions, and answers.

December 1941 newsreel

This Universal newsreel contains fantastic footage of the early years of WWII, including the Lend-Lease program, recent attack of Pearl Harbor, and even speeches by FDR.

Very useful for students to have a visual of the issues facing the world at the close of 1941.

For more on this era see our PowerPoints:

US History WWII

World History WWII

Churchill speech, “Owed to so few” 1940

Churchill was a great orator who could evoke powerful images and memorable quotes.

His 1940 speech to the House of Commons is no exception.

Deep in the Battle of Britain, Churchill wanted to give hope to British citizens that victory was possible.

We have included a copy of an excerpt from the speech as well as questions and answers.

Here is a link to the audio of the speech.

For more on this era check out our PowerPoints:

US History – Causes of WWII, World War II

World History – Europe Between the Wars, World War II

Simulation Games:

President Kennedy’s Ich bin ein Berliner speech, 1963

This quintessential Cold War speech was given in June of 1963 in West Berlin.

We have included a transcript of the speech as well as questions and answers.

For more on this time period check out sample slides of our US History PowerPoints:

and some simulation games:

Early Hitler speech

Although it is not translated, it allows students to see Hitler speak firsthand.

If you are looking for more resources on WWII, check out our US and World History WWII PowerPoints.

Attack on Pearl Harbor

These two films show footage from the attack to convince viewers to support the war effort.

Note: the term “Jap” is used throughout.