The Cold War Era: An Oral History

The Cold War Era: An Oral History

CRA Description : 
Oral history is uniquely valuable because it gives students a “you are there” experience and gives life to the words in their history textbook. In this assignment, students will interview a person who lived during the Cold War. From the responses and from studentsʼ knowledge of that time period, each student will write a paper that includes a summary of the intervieweeʼs experience and background information placing their subject's experiences within the broader context of the Cold War era. In addition, students will use their oral history subjectsʼ words, and summaries of key events, and images from the Cold War era to create a poster. The class as a whole will view each poster and students will do a peer evaluation of one other studentʼs poster.
Subjects: 
Social Studies
US History
Key Concepts and Terms: 
Afghanistan
Berlin Crisis
Berlin Wall
Cold War
Communism
Communist China
Cuba
Cuban Missile Crisis
Domnion Effect
Fallout Shelter
Guatemala
Hollywood Ten
House Un-American Activities Committee
Iron Curtain
Korea
McCarthy Era
Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD)
Nicaragua
Nuclear Disarmament
Nuclear Missiles
Nuclear Proliferation Treaties
Second Red Scare
Soviet Union
Sputnik
Vietnam
Yalta Conference
Prior Knowledge: 
Students should know how to use the Internet to locate reliable search engines, websites, and databases to research information on the Cold War. Students should be able to work both independently and in small groups to accomplish individual roles and contribute to group tasks. Students must know how to use a voice-recording device, such as a micro- cassette or a digital recorder.