Cold War Involvement

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The Cold War; the biggest conflict between two world powers the world had ever seen. This conflict took hold of the world for nearly half of the 20th century, and it took place between two of the most powerful and influential nations the world had ever seen, the United States of America and The Soviet Union. The Cold War had many poignant moments starting with the blockade of West Berlin by the Soviets in 1948. With tensions rising between the two powers the Soviets detonate their first atomic bomb in 1949 adding a dangerous addition to the war. For the next 10 years the world sees crises such as the Korean War, the Suez crisis, and the building of the Berlin wall. While many of these had American influence the next major conflict, the Cuban …show more content…
The United states boycotted the 1980 Olympic Games and even started the “Star Wars” missile defense system. These conflicts and this war affected the entire world, not just the politicians and military generals. While Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev were in nuclear negotiations, there were men, like my grandfather Mike O’Regan, who had to work and put food on the table, and young women, like my mother Karen O’Regan, who had to go to school. There were times of hope, and times of fear. One thing is completely certain, Different generations of American citizens had different experiences regarding the U.S. involvement in the Cold war.
My Mother who is 49 currently, though doesn’t look a day over 25, was a child and young woman during the end of the Cold War. As a young girl she doesn’t remember much regarding the international conflict, she feels that it did not affect her childhood at all. As she began to get older she discovered more and more about the Cold War, and how could she not, Headlines of Nuclear weapons and Olympic boycotts consumed the news. Though all of this was going on not much changed, she was a teen and had more important things to deal with like dating and fashion. My mother’s interest in the Cold War truly began

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