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Cold War and Communism

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Option 1: Duck and Cover

The Library of Congress lists the 9-minute 1951 movie Duck and Cover as one of the most significant films of all time. Produced by Archer Films, the film was designed to teach children what to do in case of a nuclear attack.

View the film at this website:

Assist with writing ideas for a paper in which you consider what it would have been like to live under the threat of nuclear war. Compare it to the threat of terrorism. What are the similarities? What are the differences?

Format your paper according to the APA style.

Option 2: See It Now

Legendary journalist Edward Murrow produced a news magazine called See It Now that aired on television between 1951 and 1958. In a famous broadcast in 1954, he had as a guest Senator Joseph McCarthy, whose appearance on the show eventually contributed to his own downfall.

Watch the show at

Assist with writing ideas for a paper in which you describe the Red Scare.

Consider the role of the media in relation to McCarthyism and how Americans' lives changed because of McCarthyism.
Individual Modern America Matrix: 1950s
Complete the 1950s section of the Modern America Matrix. You will continue to complete additional sections of this matrix throughout this course.

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The threat of Nuclear weapons during the "Cold War" was a very serious threat that caused many people to take extreme precautions for their safety. Although these statements are true, the notion that a nuclear attack would occur was not likely until the Cuban Missile crisis as both the Soviet Union and the United States were assured total annihilation in a nuclear war. Nevertheless, living under these conditions were stressful and caused many people to become paranoid to the extent of irrationality in regard to developing credible ...

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The solution discusses ideas for a paper regarding cold war and communism.