Cold War: The Berlin Blockade 1948-9 Return to the case study menu
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Comprehension
4a According to the letter, how has President Truman been stupid?
4b How does the writer describe Stalin?

Analysis and Interpretation
4c Make a list of the ways which show you that the writer is a critic of Truman.
4d Is there any evidence that the writer is pro-Stalin or the USSR?
4e How do we know this writer is genuinely afraid that there will be a war?
4f How reliable is this source to the historian as:
  • a guide to the events of the Berlin Blockade?
  • a guide to how people in the USA felt about the events of the Berlin Blockade?


Case Study Question
Look at your answers to the questions on source 4.
Which category / categories does it fit in your worksheet?.

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Letter from an American citizen to President Truman
(Project Whistlestop
and National Archives and Records Administration)

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Letter from an American citizen to President Truman