Response Essay 2

The Essay is Based on:

  • Chap 25 Cold War America, 1945-1963. Henretta, Chapter 25: Cold War America, 1945-1963\
  • Sheets, Sources for America’s History
    • 25.1 Containing the Communist Threat, “George Kennan, (“Long Telegram to James Byrne, 1946)
  • Author Preview Video Chapter 25
  • The Cold War: Reds, 1948-1953 (Watch 0:00- 24:00 min.)

Topic Prompt:

What factors led to the Cold War? In what ways did anxiety about the spread of communism affect politics and citizens within the United States?

A successful essay will references and discussions to the following terms:

  • The Yalta Conference
  • The Potsdam Conference
  • “containment strategy.”
  • The George Kennan Telegram
  • “The Red Scare.”
  • The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)
  • Mcarthyism
  • Paul Robeson (From the Cold War Video)

Criteria: An “A” essay will:

  • Devote adequate attention to each of the terms above.
  • Answer thoroughly both questions.
  • Include references to key figures, organizations, and refer to them correctly by name
  • Demonstrate that the student understands the terms being discussed such as “containment” policy.

Your opening paragraph should have a thesis statement. A thesis statement articulates the argument that you will advance throughout the essay.

For help on writing a thesis statement, see:

A thesis statement:

  • tells the reader how you will interpret the significance of the subject matter under discussion.
  • is a road map for the paper; in other words, it tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper.
  • directly answers the question asked of you. A thesis is an interpretation of a question or subject, not the subject itself. The subject, or topic, of an essay might be World War II or Moby Dick; a thesis must then offer a way to understand the war or the novel.
  • makes a claim that others might dispute.
  • is usually a single sentence somewhere in your first paragraph that presents your argument to the reader. The rest of the paper, the body of the essay, gathers and organizes evidence that will persuade the reader of the logic of your interpretation.


AMH 2042 is a Gordon Rule Writing Course. Students demonstrate “college-level writing skills.” At FIU, college-level writing is defined as that which exhibits the following characteristics:

  • It has clear purpose and thesis or controlling idea.
  • The thesis is supported with adequate reasons and evidence.
  • It shows sustained analysis and critical thought.
  • It is organized clearly and logically.
  • It shows knowledge of conventions of standard written English.
  • It shows awareness of disciplinary conventions in regard to content, style, form, and delivery method.

Please Note: For the purposes of writing papers, the use of Wikipedia,, and other non-scholarly websites is prohibited. Papers should be based primarily on the reading assignments. You may also refer to scholarly books and articles secured via the online databases JSTOR (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Project Muse (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..


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