February 21

Malcolm X is shot to death in New York City

February 21, 1965

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  • Lesson 2: Black Separatism or the Beloved Community? Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: Black Separatism or the Beloved Community? Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Malcolm X argued that America was too racist in its institutions and people to offer hope to blacks. In contrast with Malcolm X's black separatism, Martin Luther King, Jr. offered what he considered "the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest" as a means of building an integrated community of blacks and whites in America. This lesson will contrast the respective aims and means of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. to evaluate the possibilities for black American progress in the 1960s.

Karl Marx publishes the Communist Manifesto

February 21, 1848

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  • 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.