The Early Years of the Cold War


As we study the Cold War over the last few weeks of school, we will be trying to find out what it was like to live in this time of great tension between the US and the USSR. Using Chapter 28 Section 1 of Creating America, One Thing Leads to Another from ABC-CLIO, and The Cold War Research List from ABC-CLIO, your task is to travel back to the 1940s and put yourself in the shoes of an American during the early years of the Cold War. Respond to the following questions IN FIRST PERSON, and make sure you use the terms in parenthesis after each question.

READ the first part of Chapter 28 – Adjusting to Peace, The Postwar Economy, Labor Unrest and Civil Rights, The Fair Deal
Now, answer some questions:

First off ... what exactly is the "Cold War"?

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What factors led to the development of the Cold War between the US and the USSR after WWII? (use Yalta Conference, Eastern Europe, Joseph Stalin, spread of communism)

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How did America respond to the threat of the spread of communism? (use iron curtain, containment, Truman Doctrine, NATO)

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What did America do to help the war-torn economies of Europe, especially in Germany? (use Marshall Plan, Berlin airlift)

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How did the fear of communism spread in the United States at the beginning of the Cold War? (use spy trials, attacks on Truman, HUAC and actors, blacklist)

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