The idea behind this lesson, starting with Eisenhower's farewell address in 1961, is to show how the U.S. was drawn by accelerating technological progress into the game of an increasingly expensive arms race that transformed the political and economic nature of our society. Even if this was done with the best intentions of preserving freedom across the globe, it has led to far-reaching and unintended results...for both the U.S. and the world.
Such a topic is both complex and controversial, making it difficult for a teacher to approach without confusing students or seeming to be pursuing a political agenda. The flowchart, which is the core of the lesson, accomplishes both goals, by using this visual medium to break the process down into its basic components as historical forces rather than personalities and show how they relate to one another.
There is also a two-page reading embedded in the notes section of slide 1.
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