by President Ronald Reagan
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Marshall Plan Speech
- George Catlett Marshall
George Catlett Marshall (1880-1959) was an American soldier, the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Secretary of State, and the third Secretary of Defense. He was particularly famous for his leadership during WWII. The Marshall Plan was the name given to the United States’ plan to rebuild Europe after WWII.Pair “Marshall Plan Speech” with “President Reagan’s Speech at Brandenburg Gate” and ask students to discuss American influence, aid, and presence in other countries after WWII. Was this support ultimately beneficial to Germany and the rest of Europe? Ask students to consider the Marshall Plan Speech from the perspective of Reagan and Gorbachev, or an East German and a West German. What did individuals think of the plan in light of the speech that Reagan made at the Brandenburg Gate? What were the consequences of American interference?
From 'A Time for Choosing' Speech
- Ronald Reagan
“A Time for Choosing,” also known simply as “The Speech,” was presented by Hollywood actor and motivational speaker Ronald Reagan during the 1964 U.S. presidential election in favor of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It is considered the event that launched Reagan’s political career. In this famous speech, Reagan argues for "the maximum of individual freedom."Pair “From ‘A Time for Choosing’ Speech” with “President Reagan’s Speech at Brandenburg Gate” and ask students to compare these two speeches by President Reagan. What similar themes, ideas, rhetoric, or other literary devices do these texts share? How does Reagan address the issue of freedom in each of the speeches. What is at stake in each of the pieces? Does his position (on any issue discussed) change between these two speeches?
The Berlin Wall
- Mike Kubic
Mike Kubic discusses the Berlin Wall and its effects on the two halves of Berlin that now stood divided.Pair “The Berlin Wall” with “President Reagan’s Speech at Brandenburg Gate” and ask students to apply the background information in the article to analyze Reagan’s important speech. How did the Berlin Wall play a larger role in the context of the Cold War between Russia and the United States. When Reagan demanded Gorbachev to “tear down the wall” in his speech, what larger message was he sending to communist Russia?