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Civil War 1960 Essay

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The Cold War began at a time when America thought that they would be war free. A once peaceful alliance between The United States and The Soviet Union had turned backwards; this was the basis of the Cold War. The controversy of the Cold War began in 1945, but in actuality, the war did not actually start until 1947. It lasted over 40 years, ending in 1991. The Cold War was thought of by many as the longest running war in United States history. The basic fabric of the Cold War was caused because of the differences between the United States vs. the Soviet Union, communism, and anti-missile shields.
United States. vs. Soviet Union
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The Truman Doctrine was the policy by which the United States undertook steps in order to prevent communists from coming to power in Greece and Turkey, and by extension anywhere it felt its interests threatened. This prevented the United States from going back to its prewar isolation, and this was the first postwar military commitment to protect Western Europe from the Soviet Union.
The congressional leaders were persuaded to provide assistance to Greece and Turkey, and on March 1947, Truman announced the Truman Doctrine before a joint session of Congress. In his speech, he did not mention the Soviet Union by name, but it was clear to listeners that the policy was directed especially against Moscow.
The price of racism was even higher during the Cold War. The Soviet Union undercut American appeals to the nations of Africa and Asia by noticing the terrible treatment of blacks in the United States. After World War II, there was a plea for civil rights before the Supreme Court. At this time the White House failed to acknowledge the point that white racism affected America's relationship with the non-white countries. This was the majority of the rest of the world. White Americans were known as the minority, but they wanted to be the dominate figure during this time.
The white supremacists played on the fear of Americans that feared Communism. They gave no credit to the civil-rights cause. They tried to makes challenges to the racial status quo by showing no Americanism. They missed no opportunity to put together the African American struggle with the Communist ideology and subversion. Most civil-rights groups avoided taking action because they felt like it would be a waste of time, and that their efforts would not be heard or taken seriously.
Anti- Missile Shields
In the middle of the Cold War, America was still working on ways to improve their lethal nuclear weapons. During the late 1970s Dr. Edward Teller and a retired Lt. General Daniel Graham impressed President Reagan with talk of antimissile shield. The making of this antimissile was still a work in progress at this time but it was soon too finalized and put to the test.
It was not until a meeting in 1983, in the Oval Office when Teller told Reagan about his progress in building the X-Ray laser powered by a nuclear bomb. In Teller's...

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