Cold War: Churchill and the Iron Curtain speech Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
2a What Soviet actions were causing concerns for Americans?
2b Look at paragraph 2. What are the main opinions being expressed in the USA?

Analysis and Interpretation
2c Was Churchill's speech widely heard in the USA?
2d What evidence is there that it well received?
2e What would a Soviet observer make of the reaction to Churchill's speech in the USA?

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    Extract from a Foreign Office report on the effects of Churchill's Iron Curtain speech in the USA

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    Extract from a Foreign Office report on the effects of Churchill's Iron Curtain speech in the USA