During the Cold War there were many fear of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War. Some might say that the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower did a excellent job addressing these fears and some might say that President Eisenhower did not do such a good job. Today I will be explaining some ways that President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his administration addressed these fears.
The first way that Eisenhower’s Administration addresses these fears is when they have a press conference in March of 1954. Eisenhower says there is too much hysteria in the world. This suggests Cold War fears and the spread of Communism. “Eisenhower also says we fear “unwise investigators” will go too far at home to combat internal problems.” When he says “Unwise investigators” he probably is referring to Joseph McCarthy and the HUAC who caught people that were suspected of being communists. Eisenhower also mentions in his speech “We fear depression and job loss” this is also probably hinting to the recession of 1953-1954. Eisenhower is basically telling the people that there is too much doubt among them. And the reactions can be “Hysterical”
Another great example of Cold War fears of the American people during 1948-1961 is a picture published by Life magazine in May of 1955. Which basically shows a family sitting in a bomb shelter with all the essential supplies needed to survive a bomb attack like food and water. Shelters like these were created in schools and other government building. Which shows that the government is taking steps to address Cold War fears and their knowledge of the Soviets atomic bomb. The government also created excellent programs likes the “Duck & Cover” program, which could have potentially saved your life in case of an atomic bombing.
The third example of Cold War fears of the American people is a Cartoon published by the Washington Post in January of 1958. The cartoon shows two men walking...