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What impact did the Cold War have on society at home? Could the Cold War have been avoided?The post-World War II era ushered in an elevated period of distrust within American society. People were falling under the spell of Joseph McCarthy and other radicals that wanted to expose the Communist agents hidden within the nation. Fear was largely on the minds of Americans during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Concerns of nuclear war and Communist interference swept overmany.During this period, the Red Scare was weaved through the fabric of the government. Post was distrust had brought about the fear of Soviet spiesworking secretly within the ranks of the government. With programs like the Federal Employee Loyalty Program and the House Un-American Activities Committee, the US was firmly committed to anti-Communist legislation. In the process of exposing potential Communist agents the US caught many innocent people in the chaos. A considerable number of those that were accused were held on little more than suspicion. Fear during this time