“And That’s the Way It Is”: Television and the Cold War Inquiry Kit

As Walter Cronkite and his iconic sign-off, “And that’s the way it is,” are emblematic of the rise and impact of mass media during the Cold War, a new inquiry kit from GHS poses the question How was the Cold War shaped by television?”  Utilizing the Inquiry Design Model from C3 Teachers and Teaching with Primary Sources, students explore how the late 20th century was characterized by ideological competitions carried out locally, nationally, and internationally. Through practicing a variety of historical thinking skills and guided primary source exploration, students examine the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the Space Race through the rise of mass media and television.

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Georgia Standards of Excellence:

  • SS5thH5: Discuss the origins and consequences of the Cold War.
  • SS5thH6: Describe the importance of key people, events, and developments between 1950-1975.
Download the Cold War Inquiry Kit Teacher Guide