Happy War Essay

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After the victory of World War 2 with the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, America lived in constant fear, especially children in schools. A film was shown to all students demonstrating survival techniques on a nuclear attack, and the image of little johnny showed how a nuclear attack can occur at any moment, thus giving them nightmares.(Cnn Duck and Cover).Living daily life with the fear of nuclear attacks isn’t a “happy” life since fear is a negative connotation. Happy days falls on the other side of the spectrum when talking about post ww2 America. Prior to World War 2, America’s foreign policy was isolationist following the ideas of George Washington. The U.S only felt they should intervene if they were directly attacked, and after their …show more content…
In addition, their foreign policy was generally guided by containment(Doc BB), the idea to stop communism from spreading to any border countries from communist countries such as the Soviet Union. Happy day is a term which should not be used at all during post-ww2 America due to the policy of containment, and the disastrous effects it brought to the U.S as foreign affairs gradually became more dangerous. Starting off with North and South Korea, where communist North Korea decided to invade south Korea, and Truman believed it was right to intervene, thus starting the Korean war in 1950, which lasted until 1953, ending where it started, divided by the 38th parallel. The war ended with an armistice signed by Kim II-Sung, in Seoul South Korea(Cnn Korea). Thousands of soldiers were lost during the so called “happy days”, approximately 103,284 U.S troops. As for countries in Asia, more than 1 million people were wounded or missing, and some were identified as recently as May …show more content…
Americans were more bound to mold their ideas in order to meet societal standards rather than think for themselves. This was influenced by the domestic Cold War and McCarthyism. Many Americans at that time feared not being conformist therefore they thought as a group. After the war, millions of veterans came home and those women were replaced by men leading to similar roles between men and women. Most of all the men were “breadwinners’ and women were meant to be housewives staying at home taking care of the family. Due to the growing economy and mass production, consumerism began and the majority of Americans were purchasing the same thing, such as T.V and refrigerators mostly through credit card. All Americans watched the same shows such as “leave it to beaver” and “father knows best”. Rock and roll music became extremely popular among the teenagers during the 1950s, where mostly all of them were listening to it, this dividing American society. Teenagers and adults dressed the same, and the suburbs an area where white Americans lived. There were about 1% of African Americans who lived in Levittown and the majority were white. Levittown promised a bright future for the rest of Americans where 2 cars were common, and it was a middle-class suburban neighborhood full of hopes and dreams(Levittown). When

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