This is a bundle of 2 highly animated, power point presentations on the Cold War - JFK's Foreign Policy & The Bay of Pigs Invasion. Both presentations together number 35 slides. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change them to fit your individual needs.
The Cold War raged on in the 1960s. President Kennedy faced a confident Soviet Union and a sleeping giant in the People’s Republic of China. Fears of communist expansion plagued American foreign policy in places as distant as Vietnam and as close as Cuba.
Like his predecessors, Kennedy made containment his chief foreign policy goal. Abandoning Dwight Eisenhower's heavy reliance on nuclear deterrence, Kennedy expanded defense spending. The United States needed a “Flexible Response” capability.
To Kennedy, this meant a variety of military options depending upon the specific conditions. Conventional forces were upgraded. Included in this program was the establishment of special forces units similar to the Green Berets. Despite the expense, Kennedy believed communism was a menace that required maximal preparation.
Power point #1 is entitled, US Presidents - Kennedy's Foreign Policy contains 12 slides and covers the following:
The Cold War
The Peace Corp
Alliance for Progress
Bay of Pigs
Cuban Missile Crises
End of Presentation
Since the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Fidel Castro had grown increasingly antagonistic towards the United States and their interests. The Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations authorized the CIA to come up with ways to remove him: attempts were made to poison him, anticommunist groups inside Cuba were actively supported, and a radio station beamed slanted news at the island from FL.
The CIA even contacted the mafia about working together to assassinate Castro. Nothing worked. In April 1961 the United States government sponsored an attempt by Cuban exiles to assault Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro and the communist government he led.
The exiles were well armed and trained in Central America by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The attack failed due to: The selection of a poor landing site. Inability to disable the Cuban Air Force. Overestimation of the Cuban people’s willingness to support a strike against Castro.
The diplomatic fallout from the failed Bay of Pigs invasion was considerable and led to an increase of cold war tensions. The “Bay of Pigs” was a very important point in relations the Cold War and between the US and Cuba. It made rebels and communists all over Latin America look to Cuba as an example of a tiny country that could resist imperialism even when outgunned. It solidified Castro's position and made him a hero around the world in countries that were dominated by foreign interests.
Power point #2 is entitled, the Cold War - The Bay of Pigs Invasion contains 23 slides and covers the following:
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Ready to Invade
Choice of Landing Site
Air Force Failure
Kennedy’s Poor Decisions
End of Presentation
This is one of many bundled power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... The Cold War.