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The decades of the 50’s, 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s had many significant events that shaped America into the nation that it is today. The events of these decades shaped the United States into the nation that it is today consist of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal, Reaganomics, and the end of the Cold War. 1950’s – Cold War After World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union emerged as the two new superpowers and as archrivals. The United States wanted to keep the Soviet Union from spreading communism by force so the United States came up with a plan of containment, which was to block the Soviet Union wherever possible to contain the spread of communism therefore beginning the Cold War. (Davidson et al., 2005) The end of World War II was also the beginning of prosperity for the middle and upper class citizens in the United States. Additionally, it was also a time of nuclear threats and scare tactics because of the Cold War. World War II had ended and the economy was flourishing with new products such as fancy cars and television sets. People within the United States felt safe after the war was won and started spending money, having babies and buying new homes in suburban areas away from the big cities. However, a Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Joe McCarthy “entered the public spotlight by claiming that communist had “infested” the State Department, dramatically waiving a sheet of paper which purportedly contained the traitors’ names.” (Schultz, 1999) Joe McCarthy shattered the tranquility of a nation with his statements even though he did not have any proof and the names on the list were people who had already left the State Department. The notion of high-ranking officials within the government ... ... middle of paper ... ...dies.org/1000/stories/1001_0140.html Niskanen, W.A., (1988). Reaganomics. The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. Retrieved October 26, 2008, from http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/Reaganomics.html Schultz, Stanley K. (1999). American History 102 - Civil War to Present. McCarthy, Joseph. Retrieved October 23, 2008, from http://us.history.wisc.edu/hist102/bios/31.html The History place (2000) Presidential Impeachment Proceedings Retrieved October 25, 2008, from http://www.historyplace.com/unitedstates/impeachments/nixon.htm The Sixties. (n.d.). Anti-War Movement in the United States. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/vietnam/antiwar.html Wells, T., (1999). The Anti-War Movement in the United States. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/vietnam/antiwar.html

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  • Describes the events of the 50s, 60s 70s 80s and 90s that shaped america into the nation that it is today.
  • Explains that the united states and the soviet union emerged as the two new superpowers and as archrivals after world war ii.
  • Explains that the end of world war ii was also the beginning of prosperity for the middle and upper class citizens in the united states.
  • Explains that the vietnam war was a war at home since many people in the united states believed that we should not be evolved in this war.
  • Explains that the watergate scandal of the 70's was a big blow to the united states and their faith in the government.
  • Explains how the senate hearings of 1973 took the scandal higher into the white house and eventually directly to the president of the united states.
  • Explains that reaganomics was the most serious attempt to change the course of us economic policy since the new deal.
  • Explains that the cold war began after world war ii and lasted until the soviet unions collapse in the 90's.
  • Opines that the united states is in terrible need of change since it is fighting a war against terror that has no home to invade and hides from the brunt force of the nations.
  • Explains that davidson, gienapp, heyrman, lytle & stoff. (2005). nation of nations. cold war america chapter 27.
  • Explains that davidson, gienapp, heyrman, lytle & stoff, (2005). nation of nations. the vietnam era chapter 30.
  • Explains that davidson, gienapp, heyrman, lytle & stoff. the age limits chapter 31.
  • Explains that davidson, gienapp, heyrman, lytle & stoff. (2005). nation of nations. the conservative challenge chapter 32.
  • Cites nebraska studies' the end of the cold war.
  • Cites niskanen, w.a., "reaganomics". the concise encyclopedia of economics. retrieved october 26, 2008.
  • Cites schultz, stanley k., mccarthy, joseph. american history 102 - civil war to present.
  • Cites the sixties and the anti-war movement in the united states, from http://www.english.uiuc.edu
  • Cites wells, t., the anti-war movement in the united states.
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