In these classroom-ready teaching resources, themes emerge, such as the role of leadership and diplomacy in ending the Cold War and a focus on the special relationship between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev. Key foreign policy concepts such as “Peace Through Strength”, President Reagan’s emphasis on building up the American military in order to negotiate from a position of power, come to life as well.
We have included copies of primary source documents from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Archives to add further depth and research potential to the basic information. These documents include copies of hand written and typed letters from President Reagan and Soviet leaders, Memoranda of Conversation from summit meetings, copies and drafts of presidential speeches, among other resources.
Picturing the Presidency Curriculum Links
Hard copies along with a DVD containing relevent clips during the Reagan years are available upon request. In addition, free teacher workshops on using these materials are available.