How the Korean War Impacted America's Society

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Did you know that Americans were involved in another country’s civil war? As a part of the Cold War, the Korean War had started when North Korea invaded South Korea. Lasting from June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, the country of Korea, to this day, has failed to unify. Because the United States underestimated the war, most Americans barely acknowledged it. However, the Korean War changed the way Americans viewed life during the 1950s by opening doors to social advancement, impacting the economy, and preparing Americans for future conflicts. A major effect of the Korean War on Americans was that it led to more advancements socially. It was better to have an education than to not have one at all. The Asia Pacific Journal says, “Education and determined fate for families” (Kyung). Because of the war, Koreans learned that Because of the war, Koreans developed a 'passion for education', which many Koreans exhibit today (Kyung). Also, the military supported “teamwork and cooperation” rather than “strength of character and fighting spirit” after the war (Kyung). Koreans went onto secure environments through immigration to pursue their own American Dream. In October 1953, President Eisenhower developed a new defense strategy that was named NSC-162/2 (Hynes). It applied National Security and stated that the U.S. will “no longer be drawn into limited conflicts and use of conventional weapons” (Hynes). From this, one can assume that American society had changed much as a result

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