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“We Didn’t Start the Fire” The Fears of the Cold War
The Cold War dominated international politics and impacted domestic politics in the United States for almost 45 years. The intense rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union led to the creation of alliances, an arms race, conflicts in Korea and Vietnam and brought the world close to nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Cold War affected international politics in the Middle East and Latin America. The Cold War affected domestic politics. It led to the Second Red Scare and the rise of McCarthyism.

I can:
  • Analyze how the Cold War influenced domestic and international politics between the end of World War II and 1991.

  • Explain the fears the Cold War created in people

  • Utilize advertising and propaganda techniques that speak to the fears of the Cold War

Tech Skills:
  • Navigate websites

  • Utilize keyboarding and mouse skills

  • Select objects and paste them into another location.

  • Select an object to resize for proper proportions

  • Select areas within the drawing

  • Drag and drop objects and text depending on the needs of the product

  • Highlight text and copy and paste it into another location.

  • Properly cite and utilize web images connected to content

  • Utilize Google Drawings to create.

  • Publish and share a digital creation

Materials and Resources:

Topic: Google Drawings

Into to Google Drawings in the Classroom YouTube Video


Grade Level:
  • 9th-12th Grade
Subject Area:
  • American History

Activity 1:

  1. Utilizing the knowledge student has about the fear of security and safety during the era of the Cold War, they will be asked to design an advertisement using Google Drawing for a product that will help promote safety and well-being

  2. Students will brainstorm which product they will sell and how they will meet the other guidelines for the assignment.



Activity 2:

  1. Students will create their advertisement with all required information and share with the instructor.

Ohio American History

  • 24. The United States followed a policy of containment during the Cold War in response to the spread of communism.

  • 25. The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism reflected Cold War fears in American society.

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