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"?

The cold war is a military race between two nations.

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)

Both nations strongly disagreed with how the other should be run.

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

the russians made an iron curtain to keep their own from running away. The US was feircly trying to contain communism. The truman doctrine helped other nations plagued by communism, like berlin, the US dropped supplies on berlin. NATO, was the north atlantic treaty organization designed so that attacking one member would be attacking the rest. (WWIII)

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

The Berlin Airlift dropped provisions and supplies down to berlin while the communists seiged it.

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)
HUAC was the house of unamerican activities comittee. and the blacklist was strongly against organised labor.