Essay: Post-World War II America
The end of World War II brought about for many Americans an intense desire to return to normal life. It also brought about the confrontation with the Soviet Union and the beginning of the “Cold” war. At the end of this week’s reading and discussion, you will understand and be able to explain how and the various places we fought this new “Cold” war. Your assignment is to write a 2 – 3 page paper on the following topics:
- How did containment shape American actions abroad for almost half a century?
- Where and how did we practice the policy of containment in the 1950s and 1960s?
- Why did it become the dominant feature of American foreign policy after World War II?
- In your answer discuss both proponents and opponents of the policy.