The Cold War On American Society

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The time period following World War II up until the destruction of the Berlin Wall marked the time period known as the Cold War. Starting in the 1950s and lasting through the 1980s, viewpoints shifted and American society was altered due to the policies of the cold war. With each new decade, new questions were raised and it brought a new view of society during that time period. Over the years, historians have examined the decades of the cold war and raised awareness to the importance of each, but also pointed out the flaws that existed within American society. Focusing on the later decades of the cold war, the turbulent 1960s; demanded reform, the 1970s; demonstrated distrust in American government with a new liberal movement, and…show more content…
By the 1970s, women’s voices were being heard and starting to make changes in the movement and politics. The development of National Organization for Women created the push for an Equal Rights Amendment which started to improve women’s lives and eventually led to more sexual freedoms with the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1972. Rosen pointed out by the 1980s, the superwoman of the 1980s replaced the supermom of the 1950s but the feminist movement saw backlash throughout the 1980s and into the 2000s. This showed the limits of the feminist movement and the struggles they faced within their own gender. However, this proved the strength of her argument that women did help transform American society during the cold war and played a huge role in understanding the dynamics of the Cold War era in American society. The weakness of Rosen’s work is the limited information presented on minority women in the United States. Because of the limited information on minority women in the feminist movement it is hard to understand how all groups of women were affected with the feminist movement and if all women equally felt the same about their place in society. Another thing to consider, when looking at the feminist movement is if African American and other minority women were more in tune with the battle for civil rights for all minorities rather than the feminist movement. In Erin M. Kempker’s, journal
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