Effect of the Cold War on Americans

Before you beginning this discussion, be sure to read the Module Notes, Chapter 25: “The Cold War” in The American Yawp. In addition, read the primary source documents Truman Doctrine, NSC-68, and On Communism. Then view this short excerpt from broadcast journalist Edward Murrow’s live speech on Joseph McCarthy on CBS’s See It Now in 1954, and Duck and Cover, a film clip shown throughout the nation to schoolchildren in the 1950s. Using the primary and secondary source materials above as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words: How did the early Cold War affect everyday Americans’ fears for their own safety and their perceptions of their country’s place in the world? Do you think the US response to the Soviet Union through foreign policy and the hunt for internal communist subversives were based upon real threats, or the products of unnecessary anxieties and paranoia? Why?

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