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The 1950s

The 1950s

Discussion & Essay Questions

Available to teachers only as part of the Teaching the 1950sTeacher Pass

Teaching the 1950s Teacher Pass includes:

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Sample of Discussion & Essay Questions


  1. Big Picture
    • Why was Eisenhower such an attractive candidate in 1952?
      • In general, what makes military leaders attractive presidential candidates?
      • Are they more electable in some periods than others?
      •  Would a former general be an attractive choice today?
    • Does military experience actually prepare them for the presidency?
      • What part of their experience prepares them for being president?
      • What part does not—and may actually be a detriment?
    • Did Eisenhower govern like a former general?
    • What is Eisenhower's most significant legacy?