Race and the Creation of the Mythic Fifties.pdf

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The way we imagine the 50sis different fromwhat actually was Nostalgic, popculture Era of prosperity forAmerica, so 50sis idealized The Cold War (1947-1991 2 sides could not actually go to war – toomuch risk of nuclear war Conflict wasbuilt aroundexpanding military presence (proxywar) Battle of ideas Individualismand democracy vs.Communismand collectivism Containmentpolicy First articulated by George Kennan Way to win war wasto contain spread of communism Second Red Scare 40sand 50s Rooting outcommunistsin American Society House Un-AmericanActivities Committee (HUAC) Investigationinto Hollywood Sen JosephMcCarthy Wanted to make name for himself sohe latches on to communistsearch Went after military Military officersresisted; exposed him for being a fraud Cold war meant a lot of moneybeing spenton military Dwight Eisenhower Fear was that the Iron Triangle wasgoing to dominate and control the
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