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The New Frontier


Great Society

The New Frontier and the Great Society

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning


During the 1960 presidential election, television assumed a major role in American politics. Since then, candidates have relied heavily on TV commercials to reach an persuade the voters. Gather ideas and write a script for your own TV political ad. You may choose to make a commercial for a real candidate in past history or in the present day, or you might present yourself as a candidates. In any case, focus that ad on one of more issues that were or are important to voters and to you. 




13 - 18  years old




Session 1: Kennedy and the Cold War


Students will identify John F. Kennedy, flexible response, Fidel Castro, Berlin Wall, hot line, and Limited Test Ban Treaty. 

Students will explain how television played a key role in Kennedy's election victory.

Students will analyze Eisenhower's warning to the Kennedy administration.

Students will identify the goal of the doctrine of flexible response. 

Students will analyze why Kennedy authorized the Bay of Pigs invasion.

Students will summarize the consequences of the failed invasion for the United States. 

Students will analyze the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Students will summarize the results of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Students will examine the lives and contributions of John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev. 

Students will explain what led East Germany to erect the Berlin wall and what were the effects of the wall.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment on page 836.

2) Read pages 837 - 842 in course textbook.

3) Start your course project. 

Session 2: The New Frontier


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify New Frontier, mandate, Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress, and Warren Commission. 

Students will summarize the factors that helped explain the public's fascination with the Kennedys as first family. 

Students will explain why did Kennedy had difficulty fulfilling many of his New Frontier proposals. 

Students will analyze why Kennedy chose to increase spending.

Students will describe the effects the the space program had on other areas of the American life. 

Students will identify the directions President Kennedy seemed to be taking his administration in 1963.

Students will analyze America's assassination of President Kennedy. 

Students will contrast the views of the Warren Commission and other theories concerning Kennedy's assassination. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment on page 842.

2) Read pages 843 - 859 in course textbook.

3) Complete Interact with History projects on page 849 and 850.

4) Continue working on your course project. You will present your project in the next session.

Session 3: The Other America


Students will review their homework, present their Interact with History projects and course project. 

Students will identify Lyndon B. Johnson, Economic Opportunity Act, Great Society, Medicare and Medicaid, Immigration Act of 1965, Warren Court, reapportionment, and Miranda rights. 

Students will examine the life and contributions of Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Students will explain why Kennedy chose Johnson to be his running mate.  

Students will summarize the problems in American society that the Economic Opportunity Act sought to address. 

Students will contrast how the margin of victory of the 1964 election differ from that of the 1960.

Students will examine the Great Society Programs from 1964 - 1967.

Students will compare/contrast Medicare and Medicaid.

Students will explain how the Immigration Act of 1965 changed the nation's immigration system. 

Students will analyze the effect of creating fair legislative districts had upon American.  

Students will explain how the principle of "one person, one vote" affected political representation in the United States. 

Students will describe the differing reactions to the Warren Court decisions on the right of the accused.  

Students will contrast the success and failures of The Great Society. 

Students will identify the problems that may affected the success of the Great Society. 

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