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Bombs Beats and Bus Boycotts The Turbulence of the 1950s At the end of World War II Americans saw prosperity that they had never seen before The standard of living had risen and America was racing for world dominance Moreover the events that took place during this decade would change the way we look at this era forever This decade was an era of turbulence rather than an era of idealism due to great fear during the Cold War the rise of rebellious beats and the Civil Rights Movements taking place in the segregated south First and foremost the Cold War that began in the 50s created fear about rise of the Communist threat and nuclear power a fear that dominates the anxieties of fighting a major war today A very influent man named Joseph McCarthy led the communist threat McCarthy brought a new word into Americas vocabulary McCarthyism The legacy he left can be defined as a time in Americas history when the government questioned people about their personal ideologies and brought negative exposure to thousands of peoples lives Communism in America during the 1950s was more like a rumor than a real event McCarthyism left scars on many peoples lives by his slander and should be viewed as a lesson of what simple accusations can do to ones life Also the nuclear power created worries and anxieties that probably could have been avoided After what the atomic bomb had done to Hiroshima and Nagasaki the idea of creating a bomb much more powerful raised many eyebrows In the video The Fear and the Dream people asked Was this the right thing to do to keep peace How much will it cost Can this really be done And what are the risks involved All the questions combined created hysteria across the country I think JR Oppenheimer puts its best in the video when he stated fear should not determine whether
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