Hist 135 - Fifty Years in Politics 1 Fifty Years in...

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Fifty Years in Politics 1 Fifty Years in Politics HIS 135 University of Phoenix
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Fifty Years in Politics 2 Fifty Years in Politics The last fifty years of politics has seen some ups and downs the full extent and repercussions of which we are still seeing in today’s everyday life. Each decade made its own mark on both the global standing of the United States and impacted the lives of every American person. As a country on a whole we have been through many wars and have fought for civil rights. We have stood up for our dreams and watched them soar and crumble with the triumphs and mistakes of our politicians and countrymen. Each decade is represented by distinct events in our minds from the Watergate Scandal of the 70’s to the tax cuts of the 80’s. Each President in the last fifty years and the years before made tough decisions in what they thought was the best for the country. Those decisions can be felt through the decades and are impacting even today the way we do business, care for our families and receive our educations. The 1950’s- The Rise of the Cold War The rise of the Cold War was much like two cowboys waiting at the end of a street to kill one another. It was a long line of who had the quickest draw with neither side wanting to pull their gun first. The Soviet Union recognized the power the United States had after World War II and was determined to preempt any attack the United States may be considering. The United States on the other hand saw the same thing in the Soviets, a powerful country we could not leave holding their fingers above the nuke button.
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Fifty Years in Politics 3 Among the trials and tribulations brought on by the Cold War was McCarthyism. America needed a reason to hate the Soviets beyond a shadow of a doubt. That reason was Communism. The Soviet Union was communist and that was something that the American people could not abide by. Senator Joe McCarthy understood the way the American people would react to something so alien and atrocious to our capitalist and democratic mindsets and used this fear and anger to his own means. The beginning of the Cold War and McCarthyism were the key events in this decade. The 1960’s- The Vietnam War There is no denying that the Vietnam War was the most significant event of the 1960’s. “U.S. involvement reached its peak in 1968-1969, when over five hundred thousand U.S. troops were on the ground. The Pentagon spent $77.8 billion to finance the war. Approximately 58,000 U.S. citizens and over three million Vietnamese were killed during the conflict.” (Harvard and Beyond: The University Under Siege p1). The
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