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The Cold War




Topics to Explore (You will need to further narrow)

Truman Doctrine

The Yalta Conference


Senator Joseph McCarthy and “McCarthyism”

The “Iron Curtain”

Sputnik and The Space Race

Cold War spies

Alger Hiss

Checkpoint Charlie

The Berlin Wall and its Fall

The U-2 incident

Fallout shelters

Robert McNamara

MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction (Wiki)

The Bay of Pigs Incident

The Soviet Gulag

The Cuban Missile Crisis

NATO and The Warsaw Pact (Wikis)

The U.S.S. Pueblo Incident

The Soviets in Afghanistan (Wiki)

Joseph Stalin

The Berlin Airlift

Konrad Adenauer

The birth of the C.I.A.

The Roswell incident

The Development of the Atomic Bomb


Nikita Khrushchev

The Rosenberg Trial  and here

Fidel Castro

Eisenhower Doctrine

John F. Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Lyndon Johnson

The Korean War

The Six Day War

RB-47 UFO shoot down

USS Thresher Submarine Sinking

Submarines in the Cold War

The Siege of Khe Sahn

Iran Hostage Crisis

The SALT Treaties

Richard Nixon and Watergate

Desert Storm/Desert Shield

Boris Yeltsin

Mikhail Gorbachev

The Fall of the Soviet Union

The Greenbrier Bunker

Rise of Rock Music

Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

Perestroika and Glasnost

The “Red Scare” in Hollywood

Walter Lippmann

Murder of Emmett Till


CNN: The Cold War

Learning Curve Cold War from the U.K., really good.

Cold War from The History Channel

The Cold War from Lots of links

American Cultural History: The 1950s

Photos and Other mages

The Cold War Museum Photo Gallery

Photos from the National Archives

Images and Artifacts Click on the 70s, 80s, and 90s too.

Red Scare Images from Baruch College. Each link gives you a bunch of images: photos, newspaper clips, cartoons, etc.

Berlin Wall Photographs and art/graffiti

Life in the Korean War From Life Magazine

Diaries, Journals, and First-Hand Accounts

Cold War Stories from the Cold War Museum

Korean War Recollections

Transcripts of interviews with key people from the Cold War


Historic Music from Digital History

The Cold War Hit Parade

Atomic Platters: Songs from the Cold War Cool site includes public service announcements. Learn to duck and cover with Bert the Turtle.

Scanned and Transcribed Documents

The Woodrow Wilson Center Archives

National Security Archives (declassified)

Khrushchev's Cuban Missile Crisis letter to Kennedy

Cold War documents from the Avalon Project at Yale University


Interactive Maps of the Cold War

Cold War Maps

Europe during the Cold War



Timeline of Cold War events

American Society and Culture in the Cold War. From the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Cold War Links from Teacheroz

The Cold War Museum

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War from the Smithsonian Museum of American History. Cool

Food through the Decades

Fashion Throughout History

Food Prices in the 1950s

Cold War: American Leaders Photo Gallery