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The Emergence of the Cold War and the 1950s in the U S The Cold War What is was, whe n -‐after the 1st half of the century where the wars were fought and ppl died by weapons. There becomes rhetoric about war. -‐1945-‐1990: when the cold war takes plac e -‐a series of war that revolve around rhetoric words, threats, rhetorical idea s -‐war didn’t actually break ou t -‐war didn’t actually dominate the 20th centur y Bipolar world, role of the US and the Soviet Unio n -‐bipolar world-‐ economic and political historians way that the world was dominated by 2 pole s -‐2 poles are the US and the Soviet Unio n New role of the US internationall y -‐the US is a capitalist country that has ideas about democracy and constitution al law. Multi party system, different political partie s -‐the US lead the western countries and value s -‐ex. West Germany, Canada, France -‐on the opposite side of the pole is the Soviet Union and a new state. Employs communist theories. Operated under a single party socialist. A strong centralized government. The head of the Soviet bloc aka eastern bloc -‐US became more active in world politics -‐US pushes back from isolations and has a activist role trying to push their policies forwar d -‐the beginning of a continuation of power The Marshall Plan, role of Secretary of State George Marshall, proposed June 1947 -‐proposed a couple yrs after the world is ove r -‐a plan that funded 22 billion dollars of aid to other states, specifically European economies -‐states had to agree to conditions to ge the money -‐the Soviet union could of really used the money because they lost a large chunk of their stuf f -‐didn’t want to accept the money from the U S -‐places on the eastern bloc didn’t want to accept the mone y -‐west German values Significance of the Marshall plan historicall y -‐the plan further divided the US and the Soviet Unio n -‐some states received the money while others didn’t The cold war begins…the "iron curtain" speech at Westminster Colleg e -‐very clear that after the speech by Churchill, that was the moment where the cold war started -‐Churchill not reelected and was half American -‐"an iron curtain has descended upon Europe" -‐what he was saying was that the bipolar world was a reality and it existed. By saying that there were clear differences, it was saying that the US and the Soviet union had clear differences . -‐the Us understood with the interpretation and there was no going back about the cold wa r -‐Churchill gave the speech and Truman stayed there too communism and capitalist though t -‐differences in how communists and capitalists should govern the lan d -‐capitalists have a larger narrative with little government interference -‐want gov to have limited contro l Soviet union gains territory in the late 1940s, rising of tension with the western worl d -‐soviet union pushed its agenda on the eastern states, th ey grab territory -‐grab places like Ukraine, Hungry, Yugoslavia, the Baltic Region, Estonia, Latvi a -‐lead to rising tension with the US The development of atomic politics and the threat of nuclear tec h -‐the US is the first state to finish the first live atomic bomb to be dropped in Japa n -‐US put lost of money into the researc h -‐Soviet union later also created a bom b -‐Hydrogen bomb-‐created by the soviets -‐both nuclear techs of the bombs are available The "nuclear club"… US, USSR, Britain, France, China Indi a -‐nuclear tech in other state s -‐by the time its 1967, there are more than 2 states that have nuclear weapons spanning the glob e -‐specter-‐ the use of the weapons cuts negotiations in the cold wa r -‐Pakistan and India go to war in the early 1970s that later go into a nuclear war -‐tensions play out btwn other states, it's not just US and Soviets -‐changes the geopolitics of the world not just in a bipolar way. N. Korea and Iran is what present day ppl are worried about. S. Korea is scared of N. Korea … Intelligence agency development of the CIA and the KG B -‐the point in time where the CIA is founde d -‐CIA is created during the cold war in Virginia-‐headquarters -‐ppl trained into espionag e -‐CIA becomes the state sanctio n -‐officially trained spies that implement projects in the US during the cold war -‐KGB the Russian bureau that is the CIA equivalen t -‐Russian spies -‐official state supported espionag e Breaking of the Color Barrie r Jackie Robinson importance of his break into the major league baseball, ending of the negro leagu e -‐baseball was a huge sport during this tim e -‐ppl of af am background couldn’t play basebal l -‐played in the Negro league s -‐negro leagues ge addressed when Jackie Robinson comes to light -‐Jackie Robinson -‐made his name in baseball -‐made his name in the negro leagu e -‐the Dodgers gave him a tryout -‐a chance to make it into the major s -‐1950s baseball becomes integrated -‐becomes desegregated because of J. Robinson -‐Dodgers win the world series Truman addresses the NAAC P -‐the 1st president that addressed the NAAC P -‐the first time an am pres mentioned rac e -‐sets up the committee pf civil right s Committee on Civil Rights (1946 ) -‐discussing issues about the NAACP publicl y Sets up larger issues of the 1950 s 1950s: change, consumption, and continuit y Larger themes and ideas emergence of consumption, similar to the 1920s, move to the West and Sout h -‐consumption: the time of relative Am influenc e -‐am buy houses-‐own a house -‐they bought personal TVs -‐owned cars -‐demographic shift in the 1950 s -‐cont movement to the west and south -‐back drop of popular cultur e -‐moving images -‐Elvis Presley -‐popular shows Emergence of popular culture, and he modern civil rights movemen t -‐am used to live in the city or a rural are a -‐later transformed and emerged Levittown -‐Levittown: a prototype where Am can liv e -‐moving away from the city that isn't laid out like a city -‐the earliest suburb had a set of deeds that Af Am couldn’t own houses in Levittow n -‐challenged by the supreme court and later af Am could live ther e -‐rise of cultural differences, and economical difference s -‐when you have a car and a house, you don’t have to talk to anyon e -‐changes living patterns and modes of interactio n -‐you don’t have to interact with pp l -‐isolating ideas -‐you have the protection of your famil y -‐effects on interaction -‐suburbs became popular in the south and the west (the sunbelt ) -‐an opening f large population growt h -‐ex. Florida, Texas, LA, -‐population shifted to the west and south -‐ppl moves to the Sunbelt William J. Levitt, building of Levittown, on long island N Y Larger sets of ideas and development of the suburban lif e Emergence of the sun belt state s The Rise of the Sun Belt Demographic shift, sift away from the Rust Belt and the North Eas t -‐1945-‐55 A population Inc -‐entertainment industry, Boeing -‐film and TV industry based in CA Emergence of CA as a force demographically in US histor y Movement of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Minneapolis Lakers to LA…becoming the LA Dodgers and the LA lakers -‐successful teams that moved from Indianapolis to C A -‐important players in terms of power and league s Birth and development of air conditionin g -‐sunbelt happens because of air c onditioning -‐created the idea of home air conditionin g -‐the reason why ppl began to move to hot area s -‐ppl were able to move to these hot areas because cool air was now availabl e -‐the period where Lvpopular -‐development of Disney world -‐shift of ppl -‐cool air in private homes Willis S. Carrier and the use of air conditionin g Use of tech to create comfort and allow for demographic shifts to occu r The Culture of Abundanc e consumerism use of cars TV, washing machines, ref s -‐am had more leisure time -‐leisure act Credit cards use begins, diner's club and am expres s Re-‐emergence of domesticity and an emphasis on home and family life, gender roles of the suburban housewife -‐gender roles become more normalize d -‐mom stays at home with kid s -‐dad works -‐1 vision of American life -‐what's left out of the vision? -‐race and ethnicity -‐economic -‐ppl who didn’t live in the suburb s TV shows: Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, Leave it to Beaver, I love Luc y -‐set in suburban areas -‐white middle class pp l -‐made AM seem like it was just white am ppl who lived in suburban area s Role of white, suburban culture…to a degree shrouding the issues of race and conflict that are brewin g -‐the representation of this US family was shrouding what it was like to really live in L A -‐the vision left a lot of ppl out
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