Teacher Lesson Ideas

Savannah River Site and the Cold War

Students use primary sources to understand how the introduction of a plant built to produce materials for the hydrogen bomb transformed the Aiken community.  These eighth graders worked with photographs, advertisements, newspaper articles and official reports, many of which can be found in Mary Beth Reed’s the Savannah River Site at Fifty.  A SPRITE (social life, politics, religious organizations, infrastructure, technology, and education and intellectual realm) chart allows the students to see how many different aspects of daily life in the region the Savannah River Site affected.  This lesson clearly shows that international events like the Cold War can have an influence very close to home.

Kathy Britton
Evans High School, Georgia
2004 Midlands Institute

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