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Week 7: The Cold War and America How did the Cold War affect the social and political climate in the United States during the 1950s? Americans also fought the Cold War at home, where citizens expressed differing views on whether government tactics in rooting out Soviet spies undermined American democracy or saved it. The United States remained dedicated to free markets and democracy, while the Soviet Union embraced a Marxist vision that eschewed private property and celebrated concentrated state authority. Stalin also suspected that the Americans and British had delayed opening up a second front in Europe (see Chapter 23 ) to further weaken the Soviet Union, causing him to distrust the United States. To protect his borders, Stalin installed puppet Communist governments throughout Eastern Europe to create a buffer zone between Germany and the Soviet Union. In particular, how do you explain McCarthyism and the Red Scare?

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