1Title:To what extent was the American Cold War Communist paranoia justified?”Table of Contents:Identification and evaluation of sources……Pg. 2-4Investigation……………………………………Pg. 5-8Reflection………………………………………Pg. 9Bibliography…………………………………….Pg. 10-11Name: Jose EstradaCandidate Number: 000419-0185Total Word Count: 1974
2Evaluation of SourcesThe focus of this investigation will be “To what extent was the American Cold War Communist paranoia justified?” , it will focus on the causes and effects of the cold war interms of foreign policies and events that eventually lead to domestic issues and paranoia over the ever expanding threat of the spread of communism. Apart from the ideological conflicts between countries, it will analyze the impact that the threat of nuclear attack had on American culture and politics. The documents: McMcarthyism and the Red Scare, Duck and Cover Drills Bring the Cold War Home and Abstract expressionism, weapon of the Cold Warwill serve as sources of value within the topic of American domestic issue and cultural influences during the Cold War that lead to events like the red scare. The document: “A new kind of war": America's global strategy and the Truman doctrine in Greecewill serve to analyze the role of international foreign involvement in influencing Cold War paranoia within the US. Source: Schrecker, Ellen. "McCarthyism and the Red Scare."A Companion to Post-1945 America(2007), BookThis document reflects on the McCarthy trials and their politically volatile characteristics.It gives the perspective of a post-Cold War historian with foresight into past events, allowing for more released information to be mixed within the analysis rather than the very limited and hidden information available at the time. The documents provides several perspective from different historians that argue different points, allowing for counter arguments to be made.
3It is limited in regards to it being an analysis written after the Cold War, meaning it is not in the perspective of someone experiencing the war. It is not a primary source of the events so the justifications for the paranoia within the US are not expressed for those of the time period. Source: Jones, Howard. " A new kind of war": America's global strategy and the Truman doctrine in Greece. Oxford University Press, 1997.This document provides an international issue that sparked theories of communist territorial expansion within Greece. These theories were one of the causes of the American anti-communist paranoia as a result of the Containment policy to prevent the expansion of communism.While useful as a source for the cause of the Cold War, it is limited in that it only focuseson Greece and its relations with America in terms of the Cold War. It’s information is in relation to Greece within the development of the war, making it poor for a reason for American paranoia other than through our involvement with them in the act of containment.