As the Program Director and curriculum developer for a new Gilder-Lehrman Saturday Honors Academy, I was tasked with creating a primary source driven activity for students centered on Cold War relations with Russia. At this Saturday Academy, high school juniors will hear lectures from college professors about American foreign policy relations with Russia, China, and the Middle East since World War II. After their first lecture from Professor Jonathan Bone, the students were asked to take the role of advisors and suggest a course of action to President Kennedy with regards to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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The primary source documents can be found here.
The student handouts can be found here.