by President Harry S. Truman
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Charter of the United Nations
“The Charter of the United Nations” is an international treaty that was signed on June 26, 1945 by 50 countries around the world. In that same year, World War II officially ended on September 2, 1945. The U.N. was formed to protect human rights across the world, after witnessing the atrocities committed in both world wars, and to take step forward to international peace.Pair “The Truman Doctrine Speech” with “Charter of the United Nations” and ask students which of President Truman’s references to the “Charter of the United Nations” indirectly encourage the United States to aid Greece and Turkey? What are the main ideas in each text? Are they similar or different? Why?
The informational text “McCarthyism” discusses the United States’ fear of communism during the Cold War and the unfair trials led by Senator Joseph McCarthy to root out supposed communist spies.Pair “The Truman Doctrine Speech” with “McCarthyism” and ask students to identify unfair treatment of American citizens in “McCarthyism.” How did the fear of communism compare to the damage done by communism itself? How is this fear communicated in “The Truman Doctrine Speech”?
- Linda Pastan
Linda Pastan’s “Egg” requires students to examine how a simple egg can symbolize more complex ideas in our world.Pair “The Truman Doctrine Speech” with “Egg” and ask students how the ideas presented in each text compare. Who or what is the egg in “The Truman Doctrine Speech”? What about the spoon? How does the tone toward the state of affairs compare in each text?
A Refugee Looks Back
- Mike Kubic
Mike Kubic, a former Newsweek magazine correspondent, discusses his experiences as a post-WWII refugee and the need to address the refugee crisis of Middle Eastern migrants struggling for entry into Europe.Pair “The Truman Doctrine Speech” with “A Refugee Looks Back: What the 1940s Teach Us About Today’s Crisis” and ask students to compare the ideas of President Truman in each text. Are they consistent? Why or why not? Students should use evidence from each text to support their ideas. How does each text demonstrate the threat of communism at the time? How could these texts influence leaders today? Is “The Truman Doctrine Speech” still relevant? Why or why not?