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Letters to the President
Eisenhower writing a letter

By carefully examining letters written to President Dwight D. Eisenhower during the Little Rock Crisis on both sides of the issue, students will better understand the role of the President of the United States. Specifically, they will learn how Eisenhower balanced what he saw as his legal duties as president with the opinions and beliefs of the people of the United States. After reading and analyzing one letter carefully using a written documentary analysis worksheet, students will discuss what a response from President Eisenhower’s staff to concerned citizens might contain and write a draft of that response to share with the class.

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“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