Essay Cold War Fears

762 Words Nov 5th, 2012 4 Pages
What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of the Second World War? How successfully did the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower address these fears?

In the years following the end of World War II, the American population's attention was diverted to one threat: that of a Communist takeover by Soviet Russia. The Eisenhower Administration responded to the crisis by promoting government investments into defense systems and education; such responses did not completely eliminate the fear of a Communist takeover. As a whole, communism was the direct antithesis of the American principles of democracy and free-enterprise. Communism promoted social, political, and global equality under the rigid control of
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The political cartoon in Document F demonstrates that much of the national budget during the Eisenhower years was being funneled into missile programs. The cartoon does appear to be accurate in depicting the era as it acknowledges other sectors of national spending that were thrown aside, such as space development and welfare programs, the latter having been of relatively high priority since the days of the New Deal.

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