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1 The Cold War

2 The Truman and Eisenhower administrations led the nation to make social, economic, and political adjustments following WWII. Postwar America

3 Readjustment and Recover
1944: GI Bill of Rights – paid for GIs to get education, guaranteed a year of unemployment $ while job hunting Suburbs developed in response to housing shortages Divorce rates on the rise

4 The Baby Boom As soldiers returned, there was an unprecedented population explosion Advances of medicine increased #s of vaccinations Education field boomed Number of working mothers steadily increased

5 Readjustment and Recovery
After war, gov’t cancelled $35 billion in war contracts March 1946: 3 million unemployed When war regulations ended, prices skyrocketed, workers earned less However – Americans had been saving $135 billion in savings Wanted consumer goods! Cold War fears kept up defense spending

6 Consumerism Abounds Material goods = success
Planned obsolescence – manufacturers intended that products would wear out after a certain period people would have to buy more Buy now, pay later returned Advertising became key

7 Mass Media on the Rise Television booms!
1948: 9% 1954: 55% 1960: 90% Radio switches to news and music Rock ‘n roll appealed to blacks and whites Jazz paved way for minority representation in entertainment

8 The Other America 1950s: white flight of many middle-class Whites to suburbia took economic resources Rural poor moving into inner cities, compounding the problem Solution: urban renewal Tear down rundown neighborhoods, replace with low-income housing 1962: 1 in 4 Americans living in poverty

9 The Other America Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans came into U.S. as hired hands Willing work work for less $ Increased racial tensions Native Americans continued to face problems 1953: Termination policy discontinued federal economic supports to tribes Was absolutely devastating 1963: Termination policy abandoned

10 Development of the Cold War
The Cold War, lasting from 1945 to 1991, was a war of perception. Neither side fully understood the intentions and ambitions of the other. This led to mistrust and military build-ups.

11 The Soviet Union Felt they had won World War II
had sacrificed the most, deserved the “spoils of war” Create greater security for itself Feared a strong Germany Establish defensible borders Encourage friendly governments on its borders Spread communism around the world

12 The United States Soviet expansion would spread throughout the world
Soviet Union was a threat to U.S. way of life especially after the Soviet Union gained control of Eastern Europe.


14 Excerpt from Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech.”
“From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in some cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow.” Excerpt from Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech.” Speech analysis

15 Iron Curtain = Line between the “free” West and the Soviet controlled East

16 A Policy of Containment
Definition: Keep communism and the Soviet power inside the USSR. Do not let it spread! Apply diplomatic, economic, and military pressure A way to stop Soviet expansion without having to go to war.

17 The Truman Doctrine (1947) The first time the U.S. has to enforce containment Communists were gaining influence and power in Turkey and Greece – U.S. did not want them to become part of the USSR! Sent $400 million worth of war supplies to Greece and helped push out Communism Truman Doctrine marked new level of commitment to Cold War

18 The Truman Doctrine will be “the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.”


20 The Marshall Plan War damage and debt in Europe invited Communist influence Marshall Plan created to give economic aid to all European countries $13 billion given to western Europe (was offered to the Soviets but they refused the help!) Proved crucial to Western Europe’s economic recovery Speech analysis? Video Clip!




24 The Russian sector was significant because it contained Berlin.
Germany divided into four occupied zones controlled by the British, Russian, Americans, and French Open border between the Soviet area and the other three sections allowed many to flee to Allied controlled areas

25 Even though Berlin was in the Soviet Sector of divided Germany, it was also divided into four parts
It would go on to represent the two major sides of the Cold War throughout its duration

26 British, Americans, and French create a common currency
Russians threaten to blockade Berlin


28 June 24th, 1948 - the Blockade Starts
France merges with British and American zones Soviets cut off all shipments from West Germany to Berlin May 1948: food can no longer be sent into Berlin; electricity cut off The Berlin Blockade will become a tangible symbol of the Iron Curtain Notice the destruction from WWII

29 The Berlin Airlift! U.S. and allies began a massive airlift of supplies that lasted almost a year (7,000 tons a day) May 1949: after 321 days, Stalin lifted the blockade Couldn’t prevent the creation of West Germany Makes East Germany communist Lasted 320 Days 13,000 tons of fuel, food, and other items dropped into Berlin About 200,000 flights were made May 12, Blockade finally ends

30 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
1949: U.S. and 11 other nations sign collective security agreement If one were attacked, others would come to their defense Coordinated defensive/military strategies Combated communism on a national level 1955: West Germany joined NATO; USSR countered by creating its own alliance system in eastern Europe– the Warsaw Pact Today there are 26 member nations in NATO Year of Decision Packet

31 NATO versus the Warsaw Pact
Review worksheet: The Cold War Begins? NATO versus the Warsaw Pact

32 China Becomes Communist
Communists and nationalists fighting over control of China U.S. supported nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek : Sent $3 billion in aid Was not an effective leader, but he wasn’t communist Mao Zedong, communist leader, gaining popularity Worked to win support of peasants How China became communist packet?

33 China Becomes Communist
After defeated Japanese were forced to retreat, civil war breaks out Truman refused to send U.S. troops Sent $2 billion in military equipment and supplies May 1949: Chiang fled to Taiwan Mao established “People’s Republic of China” U.S. refused to recognize as legitimate gov’t Dean Acheson speech analysis

34 The Korean War (1950-1953) Before WWII, Korea controlled by Japan
After WWII, Korea divided along 38th parallel North surrendered to Soviets, put in Communist gov’t South surrendered to U.S.

35 Build Up to War After WWII, U.S. cut back on armed forces in South Korea June 1949: only 500 American troops Soviets felt U.S. would not fight to defend South Korea Began arming North Korea with tanks, airplanes, and $$

36 Breakout of War June 25, 1950: North Koreans cross 38th parallel
South Koreans asked UN for help When issue came before Security Council, USSR wasn’t there to vote; could not veto action in Korea 16 nations would send troops (90% Americans) Led by Douglas MacArthur UN involvement speech analysis

37 Fighting Continues 54,000 American lives $67 billion in expenditures
North Korean troops had been very successful; had pushed to perimeter of Pusan Sept 1950: UN troops push North Koreans back almost to Chinese border Nov 1950: Chinese send 300,000 troops and capture Seoul 1951: MacArthur privately and publically calls for full scale attack on China and criticizes Truman April 11, 1951: removed from command July 1951: Truce talks begin 1953: cease fire signed and border established at 38th parallel  54,000 American lives $67 billion in expenditures Americans lose faith in Democrats MacArthur dismissal speech analysis.

38 It’s All About CONTAINMENT
The Korean War in One Slide!



41 During late 1940s and early 1950s, fear of communism led to reckless charges against innocent citizens The cold war at home

42 Fear of Communist Influences
March 1947: Truman creates Federal Employee Loyalty Program Loyalty Review Board Investigate gov’t employees and fire any found to be disloyal Membership in 91 “subversive” organizations was grounds for suspicions

43 Fear of Communist Influences
House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigated Communist influence in movie industry Believed Communists sneaking ideas/propaganda into movies

44 Fear of Communist Influences
57 witnesses called to testify Hollywood Ten refused to cooperate – felt hearings were unconstitutional; sent to prison Created a blacklist of 500 actors, producers, and writers who would no longer work

45 Spy Cases Stun the Nation
1950: German nuclear physicist implicated Ethel and Julius Rosenberg When accused, pled the 5th Claimed being persecuted for being Jewish and racist Found guilty and sentenced to death June 1953: electrocuted 1949: successfully exploded an atom bomb years earlier than anticipated People began wondering if there was spying involved

46 McCarthyism Most famous anti-Communist activist: Senator Joseph McCarthy “McCarthyism” -tactic of accusing people of disloyalty without evidence Claimed to have names of up to 205 Communists in State Dept. Never actually gave names

47 McCarthyism 1954: made accusations against Army, resulted in televised Senate hearings Bullying witnesses lost him support Senate accused him of actions unbecoming of a Senator Died 3 years later

48 Two nations live on the edge
During the 1950s, the U.S. and USSR came to the brink of nuclear war Two nations live on the edge

49 The Problem of the Atomic Age
Most frightening aspect of Cold War was constant threat of nuclear war 1949: Russia detonated its first atomic bomb – way ahead of when the U.S. thought they would 1952: U.S. explodes worlds first hydrogen bomb (H-bomb) 1953: Soviets explode H-bomb The Nuclear Arms Race is ON

50 Brinkmanship 1953: Dwight Eisenhower becomes 34th President
Embraces policy of brinkmanship prevent spread of communism by promising to use all force, including nuclear, against any aggressor Made navy and army smaller, increased air force to deliver bombs USSR does the same


52 Cold War in Middle East 1951: Iran’s prime minister nationalizes oil fields Britain stopped buying Iranian economy tanks 1953: To keep Iran from turning to USSR for help, CIA gives millions to Iranian rebels Wanted to overthrow current gov’t Put Shah back into power Plan works – Shah returns and puts oil fields back into Western control Downside is the Shah is a horrible ruler. Misuses $$, is only concerned with himself, is very harsh to his people. People resent him and U.S. for putting him into power. Helps create the current situation we are dealing with in Iran.

53 Cold War in Guatemala 1954: Ike believes Guatemalan gov’t is communist sympathizers Gov’t had given 200,000 acres of American owned land to the peasants CIA trained army which invaded Guatemala Guatemalan army refused to defend their president; army’s leader became dictator

54 The Cold War in the 1950s: USSR
1953: Nikita Khrushchev takes over after Stalin’s death condemns Stalin’s actions Soviet people hoping Khrushchev would change things Polish and Hungarian citizens called for free elections, withdrawal of Soviet troops 1956: Soviet tanks sent into Hungary, crush dissent Eastern Europe remained under Soviet control.

55 The Space Race October 4, 1957: USSR launched first satellite, Sputnik, into orbit Starts the SPACE RACE! Two months earlier, USSR had tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Khrushchev – “We will bury you” Awesome History Channel Clip on the Space Race


57 U-2 Incident Mid-1950s: CIA making secret high-altitude flights over USSR May 15, 1960: Eisenhower and Khrushchev summit scheduled to discuss arms race May 1, 1960: u2 plane shot down over USSR With actual evidence of U.S. spying, Khrushchev cancels summit

58 U-2 Spy Incident (1960) Col. Francis Gary Powers’ plane was shot down over Soviet airspace. Powers was captured, tried, and imprisoned!

59 Kennedy and the cold war
The Kennedy administration faced some of the most dangerous Soviet confrontation in American history. Kennedy and the cold war

60 Election of 1960 Democratic nominee: John F. Kennedy
Many worried he was too young (43), inexperienced, and Catholic Republican nominee: Richard Nixon JFK and Nixon engaged in first every televised debate While Nixon knew more, JFK came spoke better and looked better Debate Video


62 New Policies Eisenhower hadn’t done enough about USSR
Soviets gaining loyalties in third-world countries Flexible Response: prepare for a variety of military strategies instead of just relying on threat of nuclear weapons Increased defense spending Created the Green Berets

63 Crises in Cuba! : Fidel Castro led a guerilla movement to topple dictator Fulgencio Batista U.S. suspicious but recognized new gov’t BUT when Castro seized control of U.S. and British owned oil refineries, relationships worsened U.S. created trade barriers with Cuba; Cuba began to rely more on USSR

64 Bay of Pigs March 1960: Eisenhower gave CIA permission to secretly train Cuban exiles to invade Cuba Hoped this would trigger a mass uprising Kennedy learns of plan only 9 days into office April 17, 1961: 1400ish exiles head for Cuba Air strike didn’t knock out Cuban air force despite CIA reports Small advance group never reached the shores Main group ended up facing 25,000 Cuban troops with Soviet tanks and jets

65 Bay of Pigs Invading exiles were killed or imprisoned
JFK negotiated for release of surviving commandos, paid ransom of $53 million in food and medical supplied JFK made to look like a fool, Castro welcomed even more Soviet aid

66 Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
Video Clip Russia Withdraws

67 1962: U2 spy plane found these missile silos in Cuba

68 We went eyeball-to-eyeball with the Russians, and the other man blinked!

69 People built bomb shelters everywhere!

70 End to a CRISIS! The Soviets removed the missiles in Cuba
In exchange, USA pledged to not invade Cuba again and to remove missiles in Turkey

71 Afterward, a direct phone line was set up between the office of the President and the Soviet Premier to bypass other channels.

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