Summary and Reflection: My example of an interview was an interview with an American who was a child during the cold war. He explains that felt that the US was the more superior superpower of the two. He describes the nuclear fallout drills that he would have at school. He says that many people didn’t take the drills to seriously as there was never a nuclear threat. The interview also describes the panic that he felt from the cuban missile crisis. What makes this interview important was the perspective of a young child on the Cold War. I enjoyed this interview as it provided insight on the perspective of young students on the Cold War. Most sources from the Cold War were from the perspective of political leaders or adults so this new perspective gives this interview a more relatable viewpoint. I can see how these nuclear drills could’ve been frightening to a child as it might make you feel like there is an impending nuclear threat on America. "Cold War Interview - International Baccalaureate History - Marked by Teachers.com." Get Coursework & Essay Homework Help at Marked by Teachers.com, www.markedbyteachers.com/international-baccalaureate/history/cold-war-interview.html.
Summary and Reflection: My example of a PSA was the PSA “Duck and Cover” made in the 1950’s. This PSA was created to show children that you have to duck and cover to avoid danger in the event of a Soviet nuclear strike. The PSA shows a turtle to explain that if you take cover you can avoid getting hurt in dangerous situations. This PSA was made in 1950 so this was in the most dangerous part of the Cold War. The PSA identifies the atomic bomb as a “new danger” after car crashes and fires. I personally like this PSA as it attempts to make the possibility of a nuclear strike on America child friendly for learning purposes. I feel that this would be an important video for teachers to show children at school so that the students know to take the drills seriously because these skills could one day save your life as shown in the PSA. I can imagine how this PSA could help children as uses cartoons to show how to properly duck and cover if a nuclear strike were to ever occur. "Duck and Cover, 1950 PSA." YouTube, 27 May 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dsWzV-ZgTU.
Summary and Reflection: My example of a speech during the Cold War is “John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum”. This speech took place in October 12, 2009. This gives the speech context because it was given in modern times. In this speech President Kennedy draws parallels from the past vietnam war speech. He suggests that history is repeating itself. President Kennedy also discusses the diplomacy behind the Cold War. The president also describes the efforts being made to prevent nukes from “getting into the wrong hands”. I feel that this speech is extremely important as the people deserve to know what our government is doing to stop the war. I can imagine that this speech was both relieving and scary to hear as a civilian. I could see it as relieving as a government official is addressing an important issue. I can see it as scary as he discusses the proof of the construction of Soviet nuclear missiles in cuba John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, www.jfklibrary.org/~/media/assets/Education%20and%20Public%20Programs/Forum%20Transcripts/2009/2009%2010%2012%20Cold%20War%20and%20Nuclear%20Arms%20Race.pdf.
My example of photojournalism was a photo essay on the bunkers and structures associated with the Cold War. All twelve of the images in the photo essay are pictures of American defense. In the second image you can see an American facility with the purpose to determine if rocket launches pose a threat to America. I feel that this image properly shows how this war didn’t always seem like it was going to stay “cold”. The fourth image depicts a massive underground facility designed to withstand a direct hit from a nuclear bomb. The seventh image shows underground living and recreational areas. This just goes to show how serious this nuclear threat was. The fact that these pictures depict such modern images is scary as it shows how truly recent this war was. I feel that this photo essay is important as it shows how real and recent this war really was. Sometimes the great fear that was experienced during the Cold War is overlooked because nukes ended up dropping, but I feel these images properly depict the common belief of impending destruction from nuclear war. "Cold War Mountain - Photo Essays." TIME.com, content.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1818500_1730550,00.html.
This article is opinionated and critical of America in the Cold War as seen in the title, “The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory”. It describes the Cold War as an “Ideological struggle” and states that in order for America to believe it was safe they had to make the world more like them. The article discussed the issues America faced post war. This article was important as it gives a rare view opposing the way America attempted to return to “safety”. The author also addresses the rarely discussed fact that Russians were robbed of their future by explaining the decrease in average lifespan after the war. I enjoyed this article as the author takes a rare side of criticizing the way America took care of the war. The author makes the claim that the US “failed to capitalize” on the war which I can see as a valid argument. I can reason with the author's opinion of “America's delusion of victory” as he mentions the fact that America failed to “bring other nations into the fold of international norms and the rule of law”. I feel that it is important to acknowledge controversial opinions in order to prevent future wars from occuring. Odd Arne Westad. "Opinion | The Cold War and America's Delusion of Victory." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 28 Aug. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/opinion/cold-war-american-soviet-victory.html.
My example of a feature article is an article on the chronological events of the Cold War. The article is unopinionated and explains the origins of the Cold War. It was written in 2018 so it is very current. The article also gives a comprehensive summary of the events of the Cold War. Towards the end of the article the word post Cold War is described. This article is important as it gives the unbiased facts of the war, which is important as it preserves the truth of what really happened in the war. I feel that this article is very accurate in its depiction of the war. It discusses the issues at that time. I feel that the summary is very truthful as it describes the the immense fear people experienced because of the constant threat of the Soviet nuclear power. I can see how this would be extremely dreadful as there was a constant fear of death for both sides involved. People were making nuclear bunkers in their homes which couldn’t have been a good time to grow up in. "Cold War | Causes, Facts, & Summary." Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com/event/Cold-War.