January 5

Harry Truman promises a “Fair Deal” to Americans

January 5, 1949

Related Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Sources of Discord, 1945–1946
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: Sources of Discord, 1945–1946

    The fact that the United States and the Soviet Union successfully cooperated in defeating the Axis Powers did not necessarily mean that the two countries would continue to get along in the postwar world. This lesson will examine the U.S.–Soviet disagreements regarding Germany and Eastern Europe.

  • Lesson 2: The Strategy of Containment, 1947–1948
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: The Strategy of Containment, 1947–1948

    The unwillingness of the Soviet Union to allow the creation of independent and democratic states in Eastern Europe, and the failure of East and West to reach a compromise on Germany, left many Americans puzzled. Why were the Soviets acting as they did? Moreover, how should the United States respond? This lesson will consider containment through the use of original documents, mostly from the Truman Presidential Library. They will study what it meant in theory, and then examine the first two major instances of its application—the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan.

  • Lesson 3: The Formation of the Western Alliance, 1948–1949
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 3: The Formation of the Western Alliance, 1948–1949

    In the spring of 1948 Stalin provoked the first serious international crisis of the Cold War by announcing a blockade of West Berlin. This lesson will trace the Berlin blockade and airlift of 1948–49 and the establishment of NATO.

The National Audubon Society founded

January 5, 1905