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Westin Williams History 2057 Profecer Shindo 11/20/20 Essay 5 As World War II ended, the United States began a period that detrimental effects on the country. Racial tensions and new ideologies threatened and changed many social norms. The Korea and Vietnam wars plagued America, involvement in and the assassination of prestigious leaders. In 1945, American radically changed the world by dropping atomic bombs on Japan. Even though this ended the war, it began an arms race for nuclear weapons between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. known as the Cold War. The tension between Democracy and Communism had already existed before the war but exaggerated it. fearing the spread of communism, the United States began acting in foreign counties to try to contain the spread. President Truman’s containment policy stated the U.S. would fight communist incursions around the world. The cold war on communism lasted for years. Nixon said that “The great majority of Americans like our system of government. Much as we like it, however, we would not impose it on anyone else (Nixon, 167.)” The spreading of communism left many in America feeling unsafe and caused fear of being at odds with the USSR. The nation was in a constant state of paranoia of the possible use of an atomic bomb.

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