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West Point and Eisenhower's Education
Portrait of Eisenhower

Students will examine primary sources from Dwight Eisenhower’s early life, focusing on his time as a cadet at West Point and his early military career. Using these sources students will think critically about the role of resilience, Eisenhower’s options, and how these options were shaped by the historical context. To investigate these questions, students will analyze primary sources and place them on a physical timeline using chronology and sequence to infer conclusions about Eisenhower’s life and commitment to public service. Using what they have learned, students will write an excerpt from their own future autobiography that focuses on an important decision in their lives.

“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