Eeffects of the Cold War in the Mid 1900s

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Effects of the Cold War in the Mid 1900’s

In the mid 1900’s the term Cold War would be used to describe the relationship between the United States and the USSR. With the United States possessing a powerful weapon known as the atomic bomb; the USSR would not be long behind them after World War II with their own atomic bomb. During this time period the USSR and the United States relationship would dissolve because of the United States holding back information at the Yalta Conference. The Cold War would greatly affect the civil liberties and the election politics in the United States. Although neither side ever fought the other if one side attacked the other it would lead to World War III.

Until the Cold War, Communists never made much of an impact on American life. Most Americans despised the Communists, but weren't particularly preoccupied with them. Senator Joseph McCarthy, the most prominent Communist-hunter of the period; unknown numbers of innocent people had their lives ruined. The tactic he would use would be known as McCarthyism. This was an effort to root out Communists from every corner of American society by any means necessary; even if those means violated traditional American values such as: due process and constitutional rights. In 1947 The House of Representatives voted to approve citations of contempt against ten Hollywood writers, directors, and producers. These men had refused to cooperate at hearings dealing with communism in the movie industry held by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). Hollywood quickly established the so-called "blacklist" a collection of names of Hollywood personalities suspected of having communist ties. Those on the list rarely found work in the movies. The blacklist was not completely broken until the 1960’s.

In the early years of the Cold War government spending went up for both the United States and the USSR due to the arms race and the space race. The nuclear arms race was central to the Cold War....
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