June 5

Gen. George Marshall outlines his plan to rebuild Europe

June 5, 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.

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  • Cold War Europe
    Student Resource / History & Social Studies
    Cold War Europe

    This interactive map shows the sequence of events in Europe during the early years of the Cold War, as well as their geographic locations. By clicking on the numbered locations pop-ups will appear with more information.Accompanies the curriculum unit: The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-1949.

Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, appears in serial form

June 5, 1851

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Spanish poet, Frederico Garcia Lorca, is born

June 5, 1869

Stephen Crane dies

June 5, 1900

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Lizzie Borden trial begins in New Bedford, MA

June 5, 1893