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ERIC Number: ED463208
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Documents Related to Churchill and FDR. The Constitution Community: The Great Depression and World War II (1929-1945).
Gray, Tom
During World War II, a close friendship and excellent working relations developed between President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and Prime Minister Winston Churchill that were crucial in the establishment of a unified effort to deal with the Axis powers. In early 1941, FDR began the long-term correspondence that developed into a close working friendship with Churchill. This working relationship was highlighted by many joint appearances and agreements that not only addressed the immediate needs of the Allies but also the planning for a successful peace following victory. This lesson uses five primary source documents from this wartime period when the two leaders acted together to agree on war aims and to conceptualize a vision for the future. The lesson relates to the powers and duties of the president as defined in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution. It also relates to the function of government and foreign policy in time of national crisis (war). The lesson correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. It presents historical background for this period and suggests diverse teaching activities for classroom implementation, including placing the documents in historical context, document analysis, writing activity, Venn diagram: compare/contrast, and a document-based question. Appended are a written document analysis worksheet and the primary source documents. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution