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    The Cold War in Berlin

    In the early morning hours of August 13, 1961, the people of Berlin were awakened by the rumbling of heavy machinery barreling down their street toward the line that divided the eastern and western parts of the city. Groggy citizens looked on as work details began digging holes and jack hammering sidewalks, clearing the way for the barbed wire t...

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    Doris Voitier (2007)

    Doris Voitier began her career as a math teacher and had served in the St. Bernard Parish public school system for more than 30 years when she was appointed Superintendent in August, 2004. One year later, when every building in St. Bernard Parish was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, Voitier worked boldly and tirelessly, without help from ...

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    Investigating the March on Washington

    Topics: Civil Rights, Social Studies, ELA Many students know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. They may not know, however, that nine other civil rights leaders spoke that day. In this activity, students work in small groups to l...

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    Roy Wilkins

    Introduced at the August 1963 March on Washington as "the acknowledged champion of civil rights in America," Roy Wilkins headed the oldest and largest of the civil rights organizations. The NAACP, founded in 1909, aimed to achieve by peaceful and lawful means equal rights for all Americans.

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    Robert Ford (2012)

    Robert S. Ford began serving a recess appointment as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria in January  2011; his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in October 2011. He is the first  American ambassador posted to Damascus since 2005, when the U.S. withdrew its diplomatic presence amid tensions over the Iraq war, human rights complaints, and the ...

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    Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    Topics: Cold War, US and World History after World War II The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed in Moscow on August 5, 1963 after eight years of negotiations between the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. Although this treaty was limited in scope, it paved the way for later arms agreements. In this lesson plan, high schoo...

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    Shaping Up America: JFK, Sports and The Call to Physical Fitness

    September 27, 2007 - August 17, 2008 Explore how the Kennedy Family's participation in athletics and pursuit of a vigorous life was translated into an ideal for the youth of America during the Presidency of John F. Kennedy.

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    John F. Kennedy and PT 109

    John F. Kennedy joined the US Navy in 1941 and was stationed in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific during World War II. Commanding the Patrol Torpedo Craft (PT) PT 109, Lieutenant Kennedy and his crew participated in early Allied war campaigns. On August 2, 1943, PT 109 was struck by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri and the entire crew was thro...

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    Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    John F. Kennedy had supported a ban on nuclear weapons testing since 1956. He believed a ban would prevent other countries from obtaining nuclear weapons, and took a strong stand on the issue in the 1960 presidential campaign.  On August 5, 1963, after more than eight years of difficult negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, and th...

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