The Cold War Era During World War II

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The Cold War Era that followed the end of World War II was unlike any Americans had seen before. After defeating Germany and its allies in the war, the United States faced a change on the home front: young Americans rushed into marriage and parenthood in unprecedented numbers. In Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era, Elaine Tyler May describes these changes from the end of the war through the early 1960s. The author makes a compelling range of arguments about the changes that affected Americans during this period. Mainly, May argues that the “domestic containment” that arose after World War II promoted the new dynamic of a suburban lifestyle, in part because of the increasing fright of looming communism during the Cold War Era. May coins the term “domestic containment” as the center of her argument in her book Homeward Bound. “Domestic containment” refers to the happy American suburban lifestyle home that was reinforced by popular culture because of the scare of communism. All of May’s other arguments in the book hinge on her larger focus on “domestic containment” being Americans’ overriding ideology during the early Cold War. May states, “The self-contained home held out the promise of security in insecure world. It also offered a vision of abundance and fulfillment. As the cold war began, young postwar Americans were homeward bound.” It had become evident to Americans that the world outside the natural boundaries of the country was unstable. The
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