The Domino Theory

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Throughout the Cold War the U.S passed series of plans to stop the spread of communism. The United States used the policy of containment to prevent the spread of communism abroad. After World War two, the U.S and the Soviet Union were the two undisputable world powers, and so each nation wanted world influence. After World War Two the world became bipolar, the two most powerful nations were the Soviet Union and the United States. They were the two countries with any power left after the destruction of World War two. This time period was marked by fierce competition for influence on the globe between the socialist U.S.S.R(Soviet Union) and capitalist U.S.A. Many Americans feared that the end of World War Two would bring them back …show more content…
The Domino theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s that gave the idea that if one country fell under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect. Harry S. Truman was the president of the U.S during this time, he was also one of the biggest advocate of containment. After World War two Turkey and Greece was in ruins, and to prevent those nations from falling under communism, Truman proposed a plan to aid the two nations. The Truman Doctrine was American foreign policy to stop Soviet influence during the Cold War. It was announced to congress by president Harry S. Truman on March 12, 1947 where he promised to protect Greece and Turkey. George F. Kennan, one of U.S 's diplomats ideas served as a basis for president Truman 's administration. Kennan was perhaps best known as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War. Just like Greece and Turkey, the rest of Europe was in financial ruins as well. The Marshall plan was an American foreign policy to aid Western Europe, in total the U.S spent 13 billion in effort to try to rebuild Europe after the disaster of World War two. George C. Marshall advocated the Marshall plan to aid …show more content…
The Cold War brought a period of "The Red Scare". The Red Scare led to a range of actions that had a profound and enduring effect on U.S government and society. Federal employees were analyzed to determine whether they were sufficiently loyal to the government. Republican senator of Wisconsin Joseph McCarthy was the most enduring symbol of the Red Scare. McCarthy spent five years in vain to expose communists in America. During the Cold War suspicion of disloyalty was enough to convince many Americans that their government was packed with traitors and spies. Those who repented and named names of suspected communists were allowed to return to their business. Those who had their names on the blacklist were then known as traitors, and years had passed before they could have restored their

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