Voices of Public Leadership in the 20th Century

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Some of you were asking me yesterday after class for museum exhibits on the subject of the Cold War suitable for the "Getting to Know the Twentieth Century" assignment. I have scoured the museum websites for suitable exhibits and have come up dry. The only museum I know about is the Cold War Museum that is located between Gainesville and Warrenton VA. It has hours on weekends and I would call to confirm before driving out there. I have been there and enjoyed it. It focuses on the technology of the Cold War, but get beyond that and the museum (particularly in the main gallery) also gives you a view of what it was like to live in that time. The upstairs gallery also has some things on the propaganda campaign.

There are also video resources on the link in Additional Resources below. Do remember as well that you have all the past material up to 1950 that you can do the March assignment on.

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Please note when you open the lecture notes that they are color coded. Brown notes explain the history of the times that create demands on the speaker.  Green notes identify characteristics of American rhetoric that are resources for the speakers to draw upon in meeting their moment. And blue notes explain principles of political leadership that speakers draw upon in formulating their response. 

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This page maintained by James F. Klumpp jklumpp@umd.edu. Last update March 26, 2015