In 1946 a year after world war two a sense of fear was spreading around the United States because the soviet union had just tested an atomic bomb. In that time period, Anti-communist beliefs were being spread around and the united states sensed that they were spying on us. Mccarthy started to really invest time in a “witch hunt” and anything an American did that seems suspicious or “unamerican” as Mccarthy would say was interpreted in a bad way. This era was named McCarthyism because Mccarthy would investigate any person to find out if they were communist or not. In my opinion, this shows a very broad explanation of what that time seemed like. It represents Mccarthy investigating a classroom and the teacher. You can see a man trying to cut off the Soviet Union out of the map. That clearly represents that the united states tried to stop the influence of communism in the world. I think they show the way McCarthy investigated everything and everybody in a very detailed matter. Herbert, block. “You Read Books, Eh?” Cjr290's Blog, 24 Apr. 1949, cjr290.wordpress.com/2009/04/19/you-read-books-eh/.
This poem about the Berlin blockade talks about the echoes through the West. The Berliners were suffering from hunger and coldness feeling hopeless. Women were sighting, children were crying, and men were unable to do anything. There was hope that the free world would come and aid them with supplies of hope and change. American General Clay ordering the airlift and supplying them with three needs. For over a year of supplies, the blockade came down and the west Berliners understanding that there free from what once gave them a moment of suffrage. In my opinion, this article sums up very well the effects of the cold war. It gives you a feel of a very tragic moment in the history of Europe. The Needs of the people were well described in this article in my opinion. Each role of each individual person in this poem is described in a way that it makes it seems like they were trapped in a moment together. Everything went from running smoothly to just a sudden stop in society. The sequencing of this article is very detailed describing the start of the blockade and where they were feeling hopeful that the free world will one day go help to economically better themselves along with helping them because Stalin beliefs were affecting them in a negative way. Vaughn, Mark. “The Berlin Airlift.” Berlin Airlift Poetry, 1988, www.konnections.com/airlift/bapoet.htm.
The film Thirteen Days takes us on an adventure of Kennedy’s administration on the Cuban Missile Crisis. It starts with the discovery of the Missiles in Cuba to the different obstacles they went through with the soviet union in negotiating the different options to prevent a nuclear war. In my opinion, the movie Thirteen Days really show a more in-depth look at the different conflict of Kennedy's administration had to proceed in thirteen days. I like how it shows different perspectives on how each individual felt and it doesn't specifically focus on the president. In the movie, it shows a more intense side of the president and the different branches experience throughout these days. The different negotiations, barriers, and opinions each individual has been clearly stated in this movie. MLA Citation: Donaldson, Roger. “Thirteen Days .” YouTube, 25 Dec. 2000, youtu.be/DcqeRwCwTxM.
Time Magazine in the early 1960’s took chronicle pictures of the Berlin wall when it was being built and after it was built. They photographed the effects it had on both sides of the wall. Back in September, 1961 Time Magazine issue was the negativity and cruelty barrier between society and how communism was getting to them rapidly. The physiological division between the east and the west grew more powerful, stronger, and scarier every day and Time Magazine offered powerful images during that era of the cold war. In my opinion, having these images have kept a constant reminder of what the effects of the cold war had on Europe. It has helped us visually see a time in the world that communism was a bigger deal than it is now. It shows the tensions Stalin had and his political beliefs in keeping communism alive. Time has always shown a very deep meaning in the world of politics around the world in my opinion. I feel having those images shows the Berliners in a time of constant change and hoping for change and that one day they’ll be able to live together in peace. MLA Citation: Cosgrove, Ben. “Berlin Wall: Photos From the Birth of a Brutal Cold War Symbol.” Time, Time, 15 May 2014, time.com/3879870/berlin-wall-photos-early-days-cold-war-symbol/.
In this article, it talks about after world war two and how opinion surveys were taken by the American people. The polls showed that the American people hoped for peace with the soviet union. There was hope to bring peace and the UN would be the one to create a new world after the war. Then in 1946 polls were taken again and they were seeing that the soviet union wasn’t giving back the response the United States was hoping for. There was sixty-five percent of the people were saying that in about twenty-five years or less there was going to be an encounter of another war between the U.S. and the soviet union. In my opinion, the U.S. was very helpful to the soviet union during world war ll as they were for us. The views that the Soviet Union had for the future of Europe was very different and that leads to conflict. They were very clear on what they wanted and we didn’t agree as much. I feel that Truman did a great job in leading the democracy through the start of the cold war. I feel like the public started to see the changes in the soviet union and its people. They knew that in no time we were going to get involved in some sort of conflict. Armstrong, Lincoln. “A Socio-Economic Opinion Poll in Beirut, Lebanon.” Public Opinion Quarterly, vol. 23, no. 1, 1959, p. 18., doi:10.1086/266842.
Growing up in the Cold War era was involved with the space race. Kids were fascinated in watching Neil Armstrong being the first person to step on the moon. The United States is in competition with the soviet union us sending the first person to the moon was a great victory leading the United States ahead of the Soviet Union. The space race started when the soviet union built Sputnik which was the first satellite to orbit the earth. The young children were wowed by space and the exploration that came with it. In my opinion, I feel that younger kids didn’t really understand what the space race was. Kids only saw the success on television and didn’t see what the adults saw. We were in an era of fear that at any minute we could be attacked by the soviet union. We were in constant competition investing our money in our science and military department. I feel like that spending leads us to great things in America's military and science. I feel like that has benefited us now and will continue to in the future. We have really advanced in many ways and that's why the United States has one of the top militaries because of our investment. Chaikin, Andrew, and Gregory Feifer. “Sputnik, Space Race Mirror a Personal Journey.” NPR, NPR, 4 Oct. 2007, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14980815.