In the song ‘The Great Atomic Power” by the Louvin Brothers, the song lyric ‘Are you ready for that great atomic power’ (The Great Atomic Power) is repeated often. This song warns people of the great dangers the Cold War brings and how any day could be the day that bombs are dropped on the US. This song calls people to turn to religion since if they day the one way to ‘survive’ is through “the regiment of Christians guided by the Savior’s hand” (The Great Atomic Power). “The Louvin Brothers – The Great Atomic Power.” Genius, genius.com/The-louvin-brothers-the-great-atomic-power-lyrics.
This political cartoon published in 1953 by The Washington Post with a caption that reads ‘Think maybe we’d better say something about it’ depicts Uncle Sam standing behind an American sunbathing while a giant titled ‘H-Bomb’ is standing right behind them shows how the American government did their best to withhold facts about the real danger of the cold war and how the USSR was serious about sending hydrogen bombs to America in attempts to decrease panic of the general public even though the threats were real. “H Bomb Political Cartoon.” The Washington Post, 1953.
In his poem ‘The Cold War’ Villareal does a phenomenal job of conveying the his beliefs about the Cold War. Villareal compares the USSR and the US as brothers who were “ready to throw everything away [for each other]” (Villareal) which signifies their alliance in WWII but continues on to say “Anger fuming and plans brewing, their situation beyond repair” (Villareal) showing the new emotions of the two fighting countries. “They fail to realize that soon, no one will take the day, no one will rise no one will celebrate their needed war” (Villareal) explains who there really is not victory for either side and each nation should leave the other alone. “2 Cold War Poems - World Conflicts.” Google Sites, sites.google.com/a/sas.edu.sg/worldconflicts/worl-2/poems.
This photo is titled ‘photo captured of tanks ready for combat’. This is significant because it shows that during the Cold War the USSR was always ready for attack. If the US attempted to something that the Soviet Union considered out of hand the Russians would attack immediately. This greatly increased tension between the two superpowers and brought great fear onto the civilians. “Cold War Photography.” Mrkscoldwarc - Cold War Photography, mrkscoldwarc.wikispaces.com/Cold War Photography.
The article ‘10 Reasons why the Cold War Matters’ by Lee Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards gives insight on why the cold war is meaningful to world history. “Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana) is a quote Lee starts the article off with. The reasons Lee believes that the cold war was important are: “It was a war” (Lee, Townhall.com) all war that have occured in the past are significant and show leaders what to avoid doing to steer away from conflict. “It was global. The Cold War was not just about parts of Europe and Asia--every region of the world was involved. The conflict was usually central to politics, diplomacy, and trade. No matter the issue, it was impossible to escape the Cold War.” (Lee, Townhall.com). “It revolved around communism” (Lee, Townhall.com) it showed that what America thinks is best for a nation isn’t always correct and forcing American ideology onto other nations causes many conflicts. “It was a battle of ideologies in every possible realm--political, economic, moral, and spiritual. But there was no equivalence between the two sides. The Cold War was a conflict between good and evil, freedom and tyranny, liberal democracy and totalitarianism, capitalism and communism, theism and atheism.” (Lee, Townhall.com) “The Cold War was started and driven by Soviet aggression.” (Lee, Townhall.com) although the war was partly the fault of the US, the USSR being so stubborn increased the war’s amplitude. “If not for containment, the outcome of the Cold War would have been much different” (Lee, Townhall.com) the US policy of containment resulted in being a solid foundation for Americans in the war and shows future leaders what policies must be taken in future situations. “Key people made all the difference” (Lee, Townhall.com) without critical leaders and good choices of these leaders the world could have fallen apart during the war and it is important to always have wise leaders take control of situations like this. “Communist totalitarianism has killed well over 100 million people” (Lee, Townhall.com) if it wasn’t for US success in the cold war communism would be able to have killed way more people than it already has. “Freedom” (Lee, Townhall.com) If it wasn’t for US success in the cold war Russian people would not be free today. Edwards, Lee. “Lee Edwards - 10 Reasons Why the Cold War Matters.” Townhall, Townhall.com, 29 Feb. 2016, townhall.com/columnists/leeedwards/2016/02/29/10-reasons-why-the-cold-war-matters-n2125407.
This article written by New York Times dives deep into what went on during the Cold War and how this historic conflict affected the people living in this time. Ever since the end of World War II the world politics were controlled by the conflicts between the United States and the Soviet Union. Although the cold war was a war, there was no direct combat going on between the two forces. There wasn’t much communication going on between the US and the USSR during this time but both lived in fear of nuclear attack from each side. That was the biggest impact on the citizens of each country, not knowing if the day they were living in was going to be their last before an attack. “The Cold War Is Over.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 Apr. 1989, www.nytimes.com/1989/04/02/opinion/the-cold-war-is-over.html.