Cold War

Prepare: Read Chapters 10 and 11, and watch the video, The Post-War Years.

Reflect: After the World War II, the United States embarked on what came to be known as the Cold War against the Soviet Union. Although the two sides never fought against each other directly, the Cold War nonetheless erupted into violence at times in places like Vietnam, Korea, and Afghanistan. Consider the major events of the Cold War and the ways that different presidential administrations reacted to those events. Reflect, too, on the effects of the Cold War on American culture.

Write: Based on information from your textbook and the assigned video, answer the following questions:

  • What are two major foreign policy events of the Cold War, and how did the United States address them? What caused these events and how effective were the American responses?
  • What were two major changes within American society and culture that were caused by the Cold War? How did the Cold War cause these changes?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Your references and citations must be formatted according to APA style as outlined by the Ashford Writing Center.

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