Cold War to the Recent Past PowerPoints & Google Slides | American History



This curriculum includes interactive PowerPoints, Google Slides, student questions, and primary source activities on the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, postwar affluent society, turbulent sixties, stagnated seventies, conservative resurgence during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and the recent past.


Each PowerPoint (or Google Slides) comes with a primary source activity with questions for students to answer. It also includes questions for students to answer while the teacher presents the PPTs. These questions keep the students focused.


Lessons in this bundle include:

• NATO and Warsaw Pact

• Berlin Wall

• Nuclear Arms Race

• Red Scare (McCarthyism)

• Korean War

• Vietnam War

• Space Race

• Soviet-Afghanistan War

• Glasnost & Perestroika

• Levittown

• G.I. Bill
• Civil Rights Movement

• Brown v. Board of Education

• Emmett Till

• Rosa Parks

• Montgomery Bus Boycott

• Martin Luther King

• Baby boomers

• Greensboro Sit-in

• Freedom Rides

• Birmingham Campaign

• JFK’s assassination

• Great Society

• Richard Nixon

• 1973 and 1979 Oil Crises

• Watergate Scandal

• Nixon’s resignation

• Rust Belt and Sun Belt

• Roe v. Wade

• Stonewall Uprising

• Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

• Stagflation

• Camp David Accords

• Iran Hostage Crisis

• Reaganomics

• Early 1980s recession

• Farm crisis of the 1980s

• Popular culture

• Apple computers


• Iran Hostage Crisis

• Iran-Contra Affair

• Star Wars program

• Gulf War

• World Wide Web

• September 11 attacks

• War on Terror

• The Great Recession

• Obamacare

• #MeToo Movement

• COVID-19

• George Floyd

• January 6

… and more!


These presentations touch on all of the above topics and adds more detail. Students will understand American history in great detail.


Files included with each lesson:

• Editable PowerPoint (Google Slides option available)

• Primary Source PDF (Google Drive option available) with questions for students

• Student Study Guide Notes (print for students or load to LMS)

– Students fill in this document during (and after) the presentation

• Teacher Guide PDF (print one copy for you)


These PPTs and Google Slides work with traditional American history textbooks.


How to use these presentation:

  • Present the PowerPoint (or Google Slides) in the classroom
  • If using Google Slides, click the link provided and copy the slides into your Google Docs (very easy)
  • Present the Google Slides via Zoom (if distance learning)
  • Present and discuss – while presenting, get students involved and create discussion questions that get students thinking like a historian and comparing historical events to current events
  • Print presentation with notes and let students read the slides (and notes)
  • Alternatively: have students view the slides, and they present the material in groups


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