the Cold War


You’ll find out real soon, that there wasn’t much cold about this one…¬†Two global superpowers battle for supremacy. Citizens of the world live in constant fear of nuclear war, and the “cold war” ultimately gets hashed out in battlefields not of the U.S.S.R. or the U.S.A., but in the countries that these superpowers hold influence over. Click “more” for details on our Cold War unit.


Below is a list of assignments that were used in the 2015-2016 school year.

Chapter Readings – Joy Hakim, A History of US: All the People

  • 5: The Marshall Plan
  • 7: Spies (Korean “Police Action”)
  • 8: Tail Gunner Joe (McCarthyism)
  • 11: French Indochina (Intro. to Vietnam Conflict)
  • 18: Being President Isn’t Easy (Cuban Missle Crisis)


  • Class-selected Vocabulary for the Cold War Unit
  • Cuban Missile Crisis Main Ideas
  • Cold War Test

Edward R. Murrow Response to McCarthy

“Duck and Cover” from Civilian Defense¬†

Counter Cultural Responses to Modernism

First of all, what is Modernism?

Helen and Scott Nearing and Homesteading

Crash Course US History about the Cold War

Crash Course US History, the Cold War in Asia

About Cliff

Hi, my name is Cliff Des Marais and I teach 7th and 8th grade Social Studies at Bellows Falls Middle School in Bellows Falls, VT.
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