January 26, 2023

Primary Source Learning: Postwar United States (1945-1968) Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1945-1968. The wartime economy led to new economic prosperity for the United States and expanded opportunities for many, but certainly not all its citizens. As a result, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and American women took up the fight for civil rights and equality. This was also the era that spawned the Cold War. The story about era featuring the best of times and worst of times may be in digital or … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Marshall Plan

Today in History–June 19–the Library of Congress features the Marshall Plan. On this day in 1947, British and French foreign ministers invited 22 European nations to participate in designing a plan for rebuilding war-torn Europe. Two weeks earlier in a speech at Harvard University, World War II general and U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall had called for a multi-billion dollar European aid package designed to stabilize the world economy and discourage the spread of communism. Nearly … [Read more...]

Today in History: Harry S. Truman

Today in History–January 5–the Library of Congress features Harry S. Truman, who announced his "Fair Deal" reform package on this date in 1949. Learn more about our nation’s 33rd president (1945-52) and key aspects of his presidency by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about President Truman. Truman Announced A Fair Deal from America's Library Harry S. Truman first inauguration primary source set Harry S. Truman … [Read more...]