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Was the Red Scare Bad News for Everybody In life people often use their surroundings to help them progress In fact politicians may do the same For instance during the late 1940s and early 1950s politicians have used the influence of the Red Scare in order to gain political control The Red Scare or fear of communism was started when other nations were spreading communism throughout the world Communists like Mao Zedong spread communism and so did the Soviets Most Americans feared communism and politicians like Joe McCarthy and Richard Nixon found ways to utilize that fear and gain political power Therefore it can be argued that politicians during the 1950s used the Red Scare Americas fear of Communism in order to gain power The Soviets propelled the fear of communism in Berlin and during the Korean War In July 1945 Stalin Truman and Churchill met in Potsdam where they split up Germany Britain France and The United States occupied the eastern half and the Soviets the west These four nations divided Germanys capital city Berlin in 4 ways also Stalins and Trumans mistrust grew and Truman formed the idea of containment or the restriction of communism to its boarders In Berlin the Soviets didnt want Germany to be powerful to ensure Soviet safety and the United States wanted a powerful Germany to help Europe clean up from World War II In 1948 the United States France and Britain formed a currency for western Germany The Soviets then made their own currency for eastern Germany and all four zones of Berlin The Soviets also cut off 2 million west Berliners electricity and blockaded them At this point Truman had four options he could force through the Soviet blockade and possibly start World War III He could give Berlin to Stalin help the west Berliners or scrap his currency plan Truman decided to help the west Berliners by feverishly shipping millions of supplies to
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