LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

black and white photo of the Berlin Airlift

During the Berlin Airlift, the U.S. military delivered supplies to citizens of Soviet-blockaded West Berlin. U.S. Air Force photo. About the photograph

Almost as soon as World War II had ended, the United States found itself in another global conflict. The Soviet Union wanted to expand its influence into Europe and Asia to protect itself from another disastrous invasion, while the United States wanted to promote and protect democracy. In this chapter, we’ll explore the causes of the Cold War, its major events, and its impact on North Carolinians.