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Bell Ringer: The 1959 Kitchen Debate

The 1959 Kitchen Debate

Alison Mann and Katie Speckart from the State Department’s U.S. Diplomacy Center discussed the 1959 Kitchen Debate between Vice President Nixon and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev. They explained the purpose of the exhibitions in New York and Moscow and discussed archival video of the events.

Description

Alison Mann and Katie Speckart from the State Department’s U.S. Diplomacy Center discussed the 1959 Kitchen Debate between Vice President Nixon and Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev. They explained the purpose of the exhibitions in New York and Moscow and discussed archival video of the events.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • Why were the exhibitions in New York and Moscow held?
  • What did the Soviet Union feature in their exhibition?
  • What did the United States feature in their exhibition?
  • Why was it called the Kitchen Debate?
  • What ideologies were debated during the Kitchen Debate?
  • Why was the Kitchen Debate unique?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Capitalism
    • Cold War
    • Communism
    • Cultural Exchange
    • Delegation
    • Diplomacy
    • Exhibition
    • Nikita Khrushchev
    • Polaroid
    • Richard Nixon
    • Soviet Union
    • Sputnik

    Topics

    Foreign PolicyU.S. HistoryWorld History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity