Unformatted text preview: apocalyptic movies, like The Day After , Testament and Threads , helped keep the fear bubbling. The Chernobyl meltdown made people queasy about even peaceful applications of nuclear technology. o The corollary to all the Cold War fear was that, when the Soviet Union collapsed like a pricked soap bubble at the end of the decade, there was a huge sense of relief and hope for the future. • A man by the name of John Hinckley Jr., in an attempt to impress his love Jodie Foster , tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 after addressing an AFL-CIO conference. All of the shooting victims have survived....
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- Fall '10
- Cold War, Reagan assassination attempt, Cold War fear, frighteningly plausible possibility