We’re making a video series on the Cold War in one of my classes: Cold War Episodes, Season 1. Here’s the outline. How is this for covering the Cold War? Any suggestions?
Episode 1: The Iron Curtain is Coming
An examination of post-WWII Europe including Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech.
Episode 2: Salvation from the Sky
When access to West Berlin is cut-off, the Allies of WWII jump into action, resulting in the Berlin Airlift.
Episode 3: The Domino Theory
The U.S. political leadership puts forth a theory of communist domination which must be stopped at all costs. The theory is tested in Korea aVietnam.
Episode 4: The Red Scare
Senator Joe McCarthy puts a chill up the spine of Americans through his unrelenting exposure of the red threat inside America’s borders.
Episode 5: Mutually Assured Destruction
An examination of life in the Cold War from the arms race to preparedness on the home front.
Episode 6: The Space Race
The U.S. and Soviets go to war in space, trying to prove which country is superior.
Episode 7: Disaster at the Bay of Pigs
The newly elected Kennedy administration decide to attempt a coup against the communist revolutionary Fidel Castro.
Episode 8: Stand-off in Cuba
For 14 days, the world was on the brink of nuclear war, as the Americans gave the Soviets an ultimatum: remove your missiles from Cuba or else!
Episode 9: Reagan & the Evil Empire
A look at Reagan’s view of the Soviet Union, his relationship with Gorbachev, and how he helped influence the “tearing down of the wall.”