Field Trips, Primary Sources

Conflict! The Eisenhower Years: Site Visit

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Grade Level:
High School: Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
Social Studies


Eisenhower invited many world leaders to his farm at Gettysburg. Eisenhower said these visits allowed him to “take the measure of the man.”

In December, 1956, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru visited the farm for an overnight stay. At the time, world issues included the invasion of Hungary by the Soviet Union, the expansion of Communism, the Suez Canal, and India’s problems with Pakistan. Planning the visit was an important part of the U. S. foreign policy that year.

In this set of pre-visit and onsite activities, students will use primary source documents - the actual briefing papers and schedules – to develop their own planned visit for this world leader.


Pre-visit and onsite activites

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Materials for students to review in advance, including primary source documents.

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Last updated: July 20, 2015