Cold War Against Communism Speeches

How the West defeated World Communism  

Cold War Highlights lecture notes 

Winston Churchill
Purpose: warn world of communism.

Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech, "The Sinews of Peace". 5 March 1946 Westminster College, Fulton Missouri. Text and video.

Iron Curtain five minute clip

Berlin Blockade three minutes

Nature of Communism

100th Anniversary of Communism DisasterStossel 5 minute overview

Karl Marx 
Purpose: create a better society by ending the oppression of poor people by the rich.

Communist Manifesto -- defining document of the revolution by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Secrets of Communism. Music video with facts. 5:22 minutes

Human Rights Violations of Communists
Museum of Communism, facts about the mass murder
Map of Soviet Union Prison's for Political Prisoners photos

The Way Back Movie Trailer Official (2010). 2 minutes. Cast: Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess. A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1940.

History of Communism, 1954-1993. 1/7, each segment is ten minutes.

Number of People Murdered by Communist Dictatorships in Millions:

Useful Idiots: How communists were helped to commit mass murder, Thomas Sowell, 1 September 2000. 

The Bloody History of Communism. 1 of 14 each about ten minutes.

Nikita Khrushchev
Purpose: Promote the socialist revolution in Soviet Union and across the world.

Khruschev- We will bury you speech. 4:35 documentary.

      "You Americans are so gullible.
      No, you won’t accept Communism outright.
      But we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism
      until you finally wake up and realize you already have communism.
    We won’t have to fight you;
      we’ll so weaken your economy
      that you will fall like over ripe fruit into our hands. " --- Nikita Khruschev

John Kennedy
Purpose: confront threat of communism, promote American power to sustain post WWII peace.

JFK family photos

PT 109 (1963) Trailer. 5 minute dramatization of Kennedy's experiences as a PT Boat commander in World War Two.

Coconut message 

Inaugural Address 20 January 1961. Text and video

Cold War and Sputnik 1949-1961. 45 minute documentary.

Cuban Missile Crisis Address to the Nation. 22 October 1962. 3 minute video with texts and photos.

About the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy School of Government. Excellent overview in one place.

The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Close Brush With Nuclear War. 2.30 minute overview from Radio Free Europe.

"Landing a man on the Moon" Address. May 25, 1961. 3.45 minutes
Another Moon mission address clip. 2 minutes

50s Anniversary of Moon landing news report. 2 minutes

Berlin Wall 1961 - 1989 overview. 7:30 minutes.   Map of Berlin after the war

Ich bin ein Berliner ("I am a 'Berliner'"). 26 June 1963, West Berlin. Text and video.

I am a Berliner - Ich Bin Ein Berliner. 4:40 video.

Berlin Brandenburg Gate photos

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

Nobel Prize Banquet at the City Hall in Stockholm. December 10, 1974

The clock of communism has stopped striking. But its concrete building has not yet come crashing down. For that reason, instead of freeing ourselves, we must try to save ourselves from being crushed by its rubble.

Solzhenitsyn Quotes

Threat of Nuclear War
Duck and Cover, Civil Defense Film for children.  1958. 9 minutes.

How to Win a Nuclear War, Army training film 1958.  2 minutes.

The Day After, (1983 film about nuclear war in America). 3 minute clip. 

Ronald Reagan
Purpose: Build American economic and military power, peacefully defeat Soviet Union, the "evil empire" of communism.

Ronald Reagan "A Soldiers Pledge" 3:38  minute

A Time for Choosing (aka "The Speech"). Air date 27 October 1964, Los Angeles, CA. Text and video.

Aggressive stand against Soviets during First Press Conference, January 29, 1981. 6 minutes

Against Government Controlled Medical Care, radio address. 4:40 minutes.

Address to British Parliament. 8 June 1982, Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster, London. Text and video.

Remarks at the Annual Convention of the the National Association of Evangelicals, The "evil empire" speech. 8 March1983, Orlando, Florida. text and 30 minute video.

Nancy and Ronald Reagan
Address to the Nation on National Security (Star Wars Speech). March 23, 1983. Text with links to video.

President Reagan's Address to the Nation on U.S. Air Strike (dealing with terrorism). 14 April 1986. 7.30 minutes. 

Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate, Tear Down this Wall speech. 12 June 1987, West Berlin. Text and video.

Tear Down this Wall. 12 June 1987, West Berlin. 4 minutes

Farewell Address to the Nation. 11 January 1989, Washington D.C. Text and video.

Purpose: Lead conservatives in Great Britain to promote economic well-being 
and to join in the peaceful effort to defeat Soviet Union's expansion. 

The Real Legacy of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady, 3 minute documentary report.

Did the Reagan doctrine cause the fall of the Soviet Union? 
Insight on the NewsJan 26, 1998 by Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher on Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech. One minute clip

Thatcher on Socialism, 2:30 minute parliament remarks. 

"No No No Speech" on national currency. 1:10 minute clip.

Margaret Thatcher's eulogy for Reagan, video address. 10:20 version

Remarks at Reagan National Funeral Part 5 (full ending)

Falklands War speech, Margaret Thatcher announces to Parliament that the Falklands have been invaded by Argentina in 1982. 4:30 minute clip.
Falklands Islands maps

Falkland's War report, 4 minutes overview.

Vietnam War -- Lost Battle in War Against Communism 
Map of divided Vietnam, background details

Vietnam War overview, 3 minute

Martin Luther King Time to Break the Silence (against Vietnam War). 5:08 minute audio. 

Vietnam War Myths Refuted Web page with documentation

Michael Medved Radio Show, Excerpt from 3 Big Lies of Vietnam. 3:30 minute audio

War Stories, Vietnam Veterans speak (part 1), 14 minutes

Battle of Keh Sanh (Tet Offensive that led to American withdrawal), Vietnam War Footage, 10 minute video clip

Last American Helicopter leaves Vietnam photo

Who were the Vietnamese Boat People? Memorial web page for those who died trying to escape the communist take over.

The Killing Fields Museum -- Millions of Cambodians killed when Communist took over after US withdrew from region 

Run Through The Jungle: Vietnam era music video with photos of the war. 3 minutes.

Ronald Reagan V-Day Ceremony Address at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 11 November 1988, Washington D.C. Text and Video 8:50 minutes.

Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, National Mall,  Washington DC.
Vietnam War Memorial entrance statues by Tania Leach
Analysis of Central Figure in Cold War
The Story of Ronald Reagan 
Scene: When and Where
Actor: What was Reagan's biography and character?
Purpose: What did Reagan want when faced with war?
Obstacles: What kept Reagan from his purpose?
Action: What did Reagan do? What did he say in his famous speech?
Result: How did it turn out? What universal truth for humanity does Reagan give us?

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