June 2014

Elliott Roosevelt, As He Saw It, 1941

On August 9, 1941, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill met secretly in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. From August 9-12, the two leaders hosted a series of meetings on Roosevelt’s flagship, the U.S.S. Augusta, and the British battleship, the H.M.S. Prince of Wales to coordinate Anglo-American strategy and discuss a joint public declaration of war aims. The resultant statement, The Atlantic Charter, was publicized at the conclusion of the conference.

The United States and the Republic of Texas

The United States and the Republic of Texas

Essential Question:  How did Americans’ interactions with Texas evolve in the time from 1821 until after the Mexican-American War?

Common Core Standards:  RH2, RH6


It is difficult to get a good, brief, online history of Texas in English in the period from 1821 until after the Mexican-American War.  The following should be read with a critical eye for their overall positive treatment of all things Texas:

Barrett to Acheson on Public Relations and NSC-68, 1950

In January 1950, President Harry Truman requested a comprehensive review of U.S. national security policies for later consideration by the National Security Council. Responding to the president’s charge, the State Department Policy Planning Staff, led by Paul Nitze, completed National Security Memorandum 68 (NSC-68) in April 1950. Identifying the Soviet Union as the primary threat to the United States, NSC-68 depicted Soviet leaders as fanatical totalitarians bent on world domination. Concluding that the U.S.