In You Decide: Presidential Decisions, students take on the role of president of the United States and make complex decisions based on real situations faced by President Gerald R. Ford during his 1974-1977 presidency: the signing of the Helsinki Accords, the condemnation of South African apartheid, and Operation Babylift.
You Decide: Presidential Decisions is an excellent companion to the social studies classroom, particularly any study of the Cold War era. It also highlights the importance of human rights to President Ford, and can lead to discussions about the importance of human rights and how presidents can advocate for issues that are important to them. The focus on decision-making in this interactive offers a way to introduce a powerful process that can be used in students’ own decision-making, or in analyzing decisions they may read about in historical context or in current events.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry Allied Powers Noun
alliance of countries that participated in World War I, led by the United Kingdom, France, and Russia. Also called the Triple Entente.
alliance of countries that opposed the Axis during World War II. The Allies were led by the U.S., the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union.
(1948-1993) South African government's policy of separating different races of people.
alliance of countries that opposed the Allies during World War II. The Axis was led by Germany, Italy, and Japan.
natural or artificial line separating two pieces of land.
Encyclopedic Entry: border boundary Noun
line separating geographical areas.
Encyclopedic Entry: boundary civil rights Plural Noun
set of fundamental freedoms guaranteed to all individuals, such as participation in the political system, ability to own property, and due process and equal protection under the law.
Cold War Noun
(1947-1991) conflict between the Soviet Union (and its allies) and the United States (and its allies). The two sides never confronted each other directly.
limitation or obstacle.
having to do with the social characteristics and statistics of a population.
treatment based on a group to which a person belongs, not the person himself.
study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Encyclopedic Entry: geography homeland Noun
a person's native country or region.
having to do with relief, aid, or other support to people in need.
human rights Noun
basic freedoms belonging to every individual, including the rights to social and political expression, spirituality, and opportunity.
established organization or set of organizing principles.
having to do with public policy, government, administration, or elected office.
proxy war Noun
conflict where countries indirectly oppose each other by supporting different sides in another conflict.
person who flees their home, usually due to natural disaster or political upheaval.
Soviet Union Noun
(1922-1991) large northern Eurasian nation that had a communist government. Also called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR.
person or organization that has an interest or investment in a place, situation or company.
land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.
Vietnam War Noun
(1956-1975) civil war in Vietnam, with the North Vietnamese supported by pro-communist nations and the South Vietnamese supported by anti-communist nations, which resulted in a northern (communist) victory and a split nation.
World War II Noun
(1939-1945) armed conflict between the Allies (represented by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis (represented by Germany, Italy, and Japan.)