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Forging a Path and the Selection of Eisenhower
Eisenhower in NATO

Students will gain an understanding of NATO’s mission and learn why Dwight D. Eisenhower was the best candidate to serve as the organization’s first Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Using primary sources and brief documentary films from the Eisenhower Memorial, students will write a short job advertisement for the position of NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. After sharing their advertisements, students will reflect on Eisenhower’s legacy in view of NATO’s sixty-five year history.

“The essence of leadership is to get others to do something because they think you want it done and because they know it is worth while doing.”

Dwight Eisenhower

Remarks at the Republican Campaign Picnic, President’s Gettysburg Farm, September 12, 1956