Analyzing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (Original Draft Resolution)

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Breaking news, President Johnson addresses the nation! Scholars watch a video of President Johnson's address to Congress regarding the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. The activity focuses on the  motivation behind the resolution and the powers Congress granted to the president as a result. Young historians also read primary documents, complete a worksheet, and participate in group discussion to understand the impact of the resolution on the American public. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on the United States' policy of containment
  • Have pupils conduct further research on the impact of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires Internet access to compete 
  • The resource provides additional background knowledge to help reinforce main concepts
  • Activity is adaptable to multiple grade levels 
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