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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 “A Speech Outlining the Marshall Plan” and “Charter of the United Nations” and ask students to compare the intentions outlined in both texts. What do the missions of each piece reveal about American and international relations following WWII?
Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment
- President Gerald R. Ford
Gerald Ford's presidency began in 1974 – nearly 30 years after the end of WWII. In this speech, Ford discusses Japanese Internment, or the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans, during WWII. As Ford states in the speech, “We now know what we should have known then--not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans.”Pair “Confirming the Termination of Japanese Internment during World War II” with “Charter of the United Nations” and ask students to compare these post-WWII documents. How are they concerned with justice and human rights? What caused people to commit these infractions against human rights (i.e. internment and the tragedies of WWII) in the first place?
If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?
- Alan Greenblatt
This article discusses modern diplomacy, what it means to deal politically with other nations and maintain these friendships—or at least, to get what your country wants.Pair “Charter of the United Nations” with “If Not Threats of War or Sanctions, Then What?” and ask students to discuss diplomacy in the context of contemporary (or postmodern) history. How were conflicts solved before institutions such as the U.N. were created? What instigated any of these changes?
The Marshall Plan
- Mike Kubic
“The Marshall Plan” explains the circumstances surrounding the eponymous proposal, which was designed to facilitate the economic and political growth of Europe following the extensive destruction caused by World War II.Pair “Charter of the United Nations” with “The Marshall Plan” and ask students to consider the motivations behind the introduction of a “super-government.” How can we reconcile the Marshall Plan’s obvious dependence on the aid of the United States, as expressed in the article, with a desire to involve dozens of nations in global decision-making processes? Can our practical actions ever be perfectly in line with our ideas of equality and fairness? Must all nations make sacrifices for the greater good?
President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points
- President Woodrow Wilson
President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” were a statement of Wilson’s beliefs about how to bring an end to World War I and to prevent war in the future.Pair “President Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points” with “Charter of the United Nations” and ask students to compare and contrast the purpose of the two documents.
The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
In “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations,” this informational text explores how the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the League of Nations failed to secure peace.Pair “Charter of the United Nations” with “The Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations” and ask students to compare the two organizations. What goals did each union have in mind? How did they plan to carry out these goals? Assign this text as a challenge to students with higher reading level comprehension.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- United Nations General Assembly
In the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the United Nations outlines the universal human rights that should be ensured for all people.Pair “Charter of the United Nations” with “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” to provide students with additional information about the United Nations. How does the purpose of the “Charter of the United Nations” compare to that of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”? How do students think the articles in “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” help contribute to the overall goals of the UN?
The Truman Doctrine Speech
- President Harry S. Truman
In “The Truman Doctrine Speech,” President Truman asks Congress for resources to aid Greece and Turkey, allowing them to maintain their freedom during the Cold War.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?