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Teaching Primary Source: Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex Speech (1961)

Primary Source: Eisenhower's Military-Industrial Complex Speech (1961)

Government spending remained high throughout the postwar era and included new investments, such as President Eisenhower’s Interstate Highway System at the federal level and the California Master Plan for Higher Education at the state level. Spending on defense remained high as well. This spending led to the growth of both new and existing industries that affected the American economy and society for decades, including the rise of the aerospace and computer industries in California. Eisenhower and others were disturbed by the continued growth in government spending on military and technology. Before Eisenhower left office, he warned Americans about the rise of a “military–industrial

Dwight Eisenhower
Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What concerned President Eisenhower as he left the presidency?
STANDARDS:
RH.2 - Main Ideas, RH.6 - Author's Purpose, W.4 - Clear writing

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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