the focus is now going to shift a lil more to what was happening in the US during the cold war – our focus prior to this was on our foreign policy…now it is going to shift a bit to what was happening here inside the US…
The United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) emerged as the two strongest powers in international affairs. Ideologically opposed, they challenged one another in a series of confrontations known as the Cold War. The costs of this prolonged contest weakened the USSR so that it collapsed due to internal upheavals as well as American pressure. The Cold War had social and political implications in the United States.
the new standard = The Second Red Scare and McCarthyism reflected Cold War fears in American society.
Like the first Red Scare following World War I, civil liberties were again challenged. The investigations of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) prompted employers to blacklist suspected communists, including actors and writers.
Senator Joseph McCarthy played on fears of subversion with his charges of communists infiltrating the U.S. government. The McCarthy hearings and HUAC investigations held the attention of the American people through the middle 1950s.