The Cold War By Lyndon B. Johnson Essay

1349 Words Dec 12th, 2016 6 Pages
At the time of the Cold War, communism was one of the big issues. The Soviet Union wanted to expand its power, and gain control of Europe. Americans were worried that a nuclear war could begin, and communism would keep spreading. There were also Civil Rights movements, technological improvements, historical elections, and important events that were happening in the middle of the Cold War. In Peace Without Conquest by Lyndon B. Johnson, he states, "We will always oppose the effort of one nation to conquer another nation. We will do this because our own security is at stake" (Shi and Mayer 316). I think it 's important to remember this, because it 's one of the main reasons why the United States was always there to help Europe, and other countries during the spread of communism and nuclear war, while the Soviets wanted the opposite. Some causes of the Cold War were: Stalins want for power, and spread of communism in Europe, the tensions between Stalin and Harry Truman, and the election of 1948. Along with those issues, there was also a lot of worry about communism, which lead to another Red Scare. One person who took advantage of the Red Scare was Joseph McCarthy. In Democrats and Communists, he stated that he had a list of 205 communists in the State Department (Shi and Mayer 254). When he went too far with his accusations, it came to be known as McCarthyism, and he was eventually jailed. When Harry Truman became president, there was a lot of worry in the United States of a…

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