Essay On Hysteria After The Cold War

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After the Second World War, tensions increased between the United States and the Soviet Union due to communism, ultimately leading to the Cold War. The American people were beginning to fear the spread of communism, increasing hysteria throughout the United States. The Eisenhower administration attempted to soothe the hysteria of Americans through legislation. However, American fear of communism and the failing of the economy kept American hysteria steady.

Hysteria in America was at an all time high, due to the threat of communism and many other things. American’s were fearful of the spread of communism, because it would threaten America’s sovereignty and political independence, endangering American peace (Doc B). Communism was not the only
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Due to the Soviet Union’s advancements in nuclear technology, Eisenhower signed the National Defense Education Act (Doc G). This act prepared the young people of America to contribute to the progress of America’s future. This was also an attempt by the Eisenhower administration to strengthen American education, as well as America’s leading position in technology, defense, and security. The Eisenhower also signed Public Law 627, also known as the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (Doc D). This law was meant to eliminate traffic congestion, which would be beneficial to American citizens and troops in case of an attack by the Soviets. For example, it would be easier for Americans to evacuate if the Soviets launched a nuclear attack. The elimination of traffic congestion on the highway was also beneficial when it came to transporting troops and supplies to key areas in case the Soviets attacked. Although the legislation passed by the Eisenhower administration soothed American hysteria, a political cartoon stirred it back up. The political cartoon named “Well, I Got That In, All Right”, coveys what America’s budget is really being used for. Government policies such as civilian services, welfare programs, and school construction are being thrown out of the budget to make room for missile programs (Doc F). Again, this makes Americans fear the failing of the …show more content…
Once Eisenhower’s term was up, John F. Kennedy took over and began managing the Cold War. Kennedy ensures the success of liberty no matter what price America has to pay for it (Doc I). Overall, Kennedy’s main goal was to take over where Eisenhower left off and eventually end the hysteria of American’s and to have a peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union.
After the Second World War, tensions increased between the United States and the Soviet Union due to communism, ultimately leading to the Cold War. The American people were beginning to fear the spread of communism, increasing hysteria throughout the United States. The Eisenhower administration attempted to soothe the hysteria of Americans through legislation. However, American fear of communism and the failing of the economy kept American hysteria

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