This is a series of primary source readings on decolonization and the Cold War period (1945-65) for a World History course at the high school or university survey course level. The five primary source readings include 6-15 questions at the end of each reading that combine reading comprehension, links to current government issues and Document-Based-Questions (marked with a "►"). Contents include:
1. "The Sinews of Peace" Iron Curtain speech - Winston Churchill (1946)
2. "Quit India" speech - Mahatma Gandhi (1942)
3. Banana Republics and the Guatamalan Coup of 1954 - Gen. Smedley Butler's "I Was a Racketeer" speech (1936), declassified CIA memorandum (1997)
4. Congo's Struggle for Independence (1960-63) -- King Baudouin I, Patrice Lumumba, 46 Angry Men, UN Security Council, Belgian Commission on the Assassination of Patrice Lumumba
5. Nelson Mandela's speech at Rivonia (1964)
6. Review questions for Movie "China Cry"
7. Unit vocabulary and concept list with a practice test worksheet
The readings can be used for in-class lessons, sub-plans or homework assignments. They're ideal for a World History AP course, though I use them for my standard-level students as well.