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Eisenhower West Point Portrait

Students examine primary sources related to decisions Eisenhower made throughout his early life: the role of his family, his time at school in Abilene, and eventually applying to West Point. Of particular interest: Eisenhower’s options, how these options were shaped by the circumstances of Eisenhower’s early life, and the role of resilience. This lesson invites students to delve into key primary sources to develop a factual understanding as well as demonstrate critical thinking in sourcing evidence and supporting an argument in a well-crafted letter of recommendation.

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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