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Building the Berlin Wall

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US History +1 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary
This teaching collection explores the Berlin crisis leading to the building of the Berlin Wall. It addresses the following guiding questions through primary/secondary sources and teaching suggestions:
-Why was Berlin the center of crisis in between 1958-1961?
-Why did the Soviet Union sanction the construction of the Berlin Wall?
-Why did the United States allow it to happen?
-How did the Wall affect the lives of East and West Berliners?
-Does the end (no more crises in Berlin) justify the means (the Wall)?
-How does this incident reflect the greater issues of the Cold War?

Students will practice reading primary sources and analyzing multiple perspectives.

Tags: Wilson Center, Cold War, Khruschev, Stalin, Berlin, Wall, Kennedy, Soviet Union, USSR, Communism