March 12

FDR's first Fireside Chat

March 12, 1933

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  • Lesson 1: FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: FDR's Fireside Chats: The Power of Words

    In this lesson which focuses on two of FDR's Fireside Chats, students gain a sense of the dramatic effect of FDR's voice on his audience, see the scope of what he was proposing in these initial speeches, and make an overall analysis of why the Fireside Chats were so successful.

Jean-Louis “Jack” Kerouac, American “Beat Generation” writer and poet, born

March 12, 1922

President Harry Truman announces Truman Doctrine for Greece and Turkey

March 12, 1947

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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.