President Gerald Ford & the Cold War Lesson Plan
Gerald Ford: Cold War Policy:
August 9, 1974 – January 20, 1977
What were the goals of US foreign policy during the Ford years?
How successful were Ford’s policies?

Students will be able to
1. Compare the policies of Gerald Ford toward the Soviet Union
2. Discuss changing US foreign policy in the developing world
3. Identify the success and failures of Ford’s foreign policy in the Middle East

Why it Matters:
The ordeal of Vietnam led many to question the direction of American foreign policy. They asked: Was the United States so concerned with fighting communism that it ended up supporting oppressive anticommunist governments? Should the United States continue to pursue détente with the Soviets? Or should it instead demand that the Soviet Government grant its people more freedoms? The echoes of these debates continue to be heard today
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