The essay for this lesson is required to be 750-1,000-words and clearly demonstrate your understanding of the prompt. Essays should be 5 or more paragraphs with a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format (APAstyle.org). Once completed, submit your work to the Essay Dropbox. You may select from one of the following prompts: •Discuss the origins of the Cold War. Do you believe it could have been prevented? Be specific in your response. •Do you think high levels of military spending on the American side was the reason that the Cold War ended? Explain your reasoning. •How did Dwight D. Eisenhower embody the 1950s era in which he was president? What lesson can today’s leaders take from him? •What new direction did the foreign policy of the United States take during the early days of the Cold War? Discuss two effects of this new policy, then and now. •Write an essay in which you argue that, in hindsight, the Cold War could have been prevented or at least minimized and why. •Some people consider Joseph McCarthy to have been a ruthless demagogue while others see him as a tragic figure from the 1950s. In an essay, discuss which way you see him. •Alternative prompts may be proposed, but require lesson faculty approval
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