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The Cyber Cold War
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe--the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God....
Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty....
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
John F. Kennedy
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 1961
Ask not what Collab can do for you; ask what you can do
Each group will be assigned a vague description of a person who lived in the United States during the Cold War who represents a unique experience during this era. The first task of your group is to develop this description into the profile of a fictitious, but historically accurate character. Through these characters you will experience the Cold War. Your group will be creating a web site that illustrates your character's perspective on the Cold War.
Part of this web authoring will be responding to various writing prompts and assignments which require you to have a thorough understanding of the character you are developing in order to accurately respond as they might have. All writing will be in the first person - you are representing your characters' points-of-view. When your web is complete, the stories of the Cold War you tell will differ in parts from one another based on where your characters live, where they go during the era and their roles in the conflict. No one person's experience can entirely represent the Cold War era.
More specific explanation of the various sections of the web project accompany each assignment.
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