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Most Significant Events In The Decades Following WWII 1 Most Significant Events In The Decades Following WWII Nicole Mills HIS/135 11/5/2011 Ellen Rendle
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Most Significant Events In The Decades Following WWII 2 Most Significant Events In The Decades Following WWII The decades succeeding World War II brought significant social, economic, and political events imposing powerful changes on the American people. Because of events such as McCarthyism, counterculture, the Watergate scandal, Reaganomics, and the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, the United States experienced a drastic transformation from 1950 through the 1990s. The next 10 years could bring about as many revolutionary events, changing the way of life led by Americans as the previous 50 years has. The following paragraphs will further describe one of the most significant events that took place in each decade succeeding World War II, shedding light on how America has been shaped into the country it is today. McCarthyism in the 1950s “By 1950 anticommunism had created a climate of fear, where irrational hysteria overwhelmed legitimate concerns” (Davidson, et al. 2005, p.815). Named after Senator Joseph McCarthy, the practice of making allegations of betrayal, subversion, or treason lacking in sufficient evidence is termed McCarthyism. McCarthyism affected the thoughts and lives of the public because it presented an environment similar to Salem during the Witch Trials. Citizens were terrified to speak out against the Government in fear of being labeled a communist. McCarthy had 57 identified subversives as well as a group of marginal suspects for a total of 81 along with 205 people deemed “unfit” to remain in the State Department (Taylor, 2005). The press, television, and radio made it seem as though the Senator repeatedly changed his numbers, but in reality Joseph McCarthy merely reported numbers pertaining to the various categories in which suspects were placed. During the proceedings, 54 of the 57 identified people brought up before the Loyalty Board quickly resigned (Taylor, 2005). By November 1954, the original 57- plus the 24 marginal suspects either resigned or were dismissed (Taylor, 2005). Although the Senator was justified in his allegations, these findings exacerbated the fear of communism
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Most Significant Events In The Decades Following WWII 3 throughout the United States resulting in further social hysteria. Americans became suspicious of everyone including his or her neighbors. Citizens of all social classes were wrongly accused of being connected to communists. McCarthyism was as instrumental in molding the country in the 1950s as the terrorist attacks where in the 2000s. As the fight for communist containment spread to Vietnam, domestic rebellion commenced. The Counterculture of the 1960s
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