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Cold War: McCarthyism and the Red Scare

How did the Cold War affect the social and political climate in the United States during the 1950s? In particular, how do you explain McCarthyism and the Red Scare? Can you think of any modern parallels to these events, when fear and paranoia threatened basic American liberties?

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The Cold War greatly affected the social and political climate in the U.S. during the 1950s. I will outline the background of the war and ways in which it affected the social/political climate of the U.S.

Background:
The Cold war lasted from 1945 (after WWII) to 1991 (the fall of the Berlin wall). The key players in the Cold War was the USSR and western countries, specifically the U.S. Both sides disagreed on many things, such as communism and nuclear arms. The U.S. began to be against anything, or anyone, that was Communist because of the country's dislike for the USSR. At the height of the Cold War, American leaders, including Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, did ...

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This solution outlines how the Cold War affected the social and political climate in the United States during the 1950s. Special attention is given to McCarthyism.

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