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Workshop 8
Before You Watch


Before viewing "Korea and the Cold War," read and view the following materials. They represent a selection made by the professor based on the readings available to the onscreen teachers. For additional primary source readings, go to Resources.
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image of a generic historical documentLong Telegram to Washington, George F. Kennan, February 22, 1946

George F. Kennan, attaché in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, bolsters President Harry Truman's "get tough" policy with the Soviet Union in his "long telegram."


image of a generic historical documentThe Cold War, Walter Lippman

Walter Lippman, a widely read essayist and journalist, speaks out against the policy of containment in a series of articles called The Cold War.


image of a generic historical documentU.S. and Japan Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement, March 8, 1954

The United States and Japan sign the Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement to allow for the presence of U.S. armed forces in Japan for the purpose of peace and security while encouraging Japan to take on more responsibility for its own defense.


image of a generic historical documentTruman Address on Korea, July 19, 1950

President Truman gives an address nearly a month into the Korean Conflict.


image of a generic historical documentChart of Defense Spending from 1945 to 1999

This is a historical table of the budget of the United States government for defense spending from 1945 to 1999.


image of a generic historical document"Capitol Report" No. 60, featuring Senator Robert F. Taft, June 29, 1950

Senator Robert F. Taft speaks out against the foreign policy of the Truman administration mostly regarding the handling of Korea and the Far East.


image of a generic historical documentGeneral Douglas MacArthur Writings, 1950-1951

Excerpts of General Douglas MacArthur's writings during the time of the Korean Conflict in which he discusses the decision to invade Inchon, Korea, and the general situation in the Far East.


image of a generic historical documentPresident John F. Kennedy's University of Washington Speech, November 16, 1961

President John F. Kennedy speaks about foreign policy at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis of Fall 1962.


image of a generic historical documentThe Marshall Plan, June 5, 1947

Secretary of State George C. Marshall announces the need for a coordinated plan of economic recovery for Western Europe in a speech at Harvard University.


image of a generic historical documentThe Truman Doctrine, March 12, 1947

President Truman requests military and financial assistance to Greece and Turkey in a speech before a joint session of Congress, which becomes known as the Truman Doctrine and becomes the guiding force in U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War.



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image of a starProgram 23: The Fifties (26:46)

World War II is fought to its bitter end in the Pacific, and the world lives with the legacy of its final moment: the atomic bomb. Professor Donald Miller continues the story as veterans return from the war and create new lives for themselves in the '50s. The G.I. Bill, Levittown, civil rights, the Cold War, and rock 'n' roll are discussed.
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