Learning Exercise

FDR Presidential Library

Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as President of the United States longer than any other President. This official Presidential Library site offers a vast array of documents and photographs on line. The site also provides information about the Presidential Library collections and buildings and their availability to public access.
Course: U.S. History
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Official website for the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. Site includes 10,000+ on-line documents 3500... see more

Exercise

This exercise emphasizes the use of primary source documents in understanding
U.S. History. When the web site comes on screen, look to the right side. Where it says Digital Archives Search, CLICK Online Documents. When the new screen comes up across the time are the icons for Vatican, British Diplomatic Files and German Diplomatic Files.
Click British Diplomatic Files and answer Questions 1-8.
1. Describe the special relationship between the United States and Great
Britain.
2. When did this relationship begin?
3. How was the relationship maintained?
4. When did the first summit occur between Churchill and FDR?
5. Describe the personal relationship between Churchill and FDR?
6. What difficulties did these leaders overcome in developing this spe cial
relationship?
7. When did the last meeting occur between Churchill and FDR?
8. Select five documents from British Diplomatic Files and describe briefly
howeach document affected the relationship between the United States and Great
Britain during the period 1933-1945.

Click German Diplomatic Files. Answer Questions 9-12.
9. List the events that led to increasing hostility between Germany and the
United States from 1933-1945.
10. How would you describe diplomatic relations between Germany and the United
States during the Roosevelt presidency?
11. What types of documents are contained in the German Diplomatic Files?
12. Select five documents from the German Diplomatic Files and briefly
describehow each one shaped German-American relationships from 1933-1945.

Click Vatican Files. Answer Questions 13-16.
13. Who was named the first envoy to the Vatican from the United States?
14. Who was Pope during the Roosevelt presidency?
15. How would you describe the state of relations between the United States
andthe Vatican during the period 1933-1945?
16. Select five documents from the Vatican Files and briefly describe how each
one reveals important information about relationships between the Vatican and
the United States from 1933-1945.
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Disciplines

Technical Notes

Basic computer skills.

Requirements

Knowledge about the United States in the 1930s and during World War II.

Topics

Americas: United States 20th century, Biography, Genealogy, International Relations, Military, Political, Social, Wars, Women

Learning Objectives

To provide students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the special relationship shared by the United States and the United Kingdom and its leaders during the 1903s and World War II by using primary sources.

To acquaint students with an understanding about the relationship between the United States and The Vatican during the 1930s and World War II using primary sources.

To acquaint students with primary sources detailing the relationship between the United States and Germany during the 1930s and World War II.