An Era Of Great Conflict

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Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America in 1835 and examined the democratic revolution; he references to American Exceptionalism and the five characteristics that make America “Exceptional”. Similarly, the 1950s in America was recognized for its highs and lows. Even with the economy was booming, it was known as an era of great conflict (History.com Staff). In the 1950s, Tocqueville’s five characteristics of American Exceptionalism are invalidated; liberty was not attainable due to the Cold War policies like McCarthyism, racism, such as the massive resistance of integration, disproved egalitarianism, conformity, in the suburbs and women’s lives, throughout this decade refuted individualism, populism was belittled with the government’s little help for the Civil Rights Movement, and Laissez Faire Economics was replaced for a short time with Keynesian economics.
The 1950’s did not completely have freedom and independence; restriction of the people was displayed through the Cold War policies, like McCarthyism. The Cold War was the tense relationship between the Soviet Union and the United States at the end of World War II. The Smith Act, passed by Congress, made it illegal to be in an antigovernment organization or to support overthrow of the government. Although passed in 1940, it was dominant and applicable in the 1950s. The Supreme Court case Dennis v United States upheld the constitutionality of the Smith Act. Congress and The Supreme Court reinforced an act…
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