The Cold War: The Rise Of Communism In The United States

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Following the end of one of the deadliest wars in history, a new problem arose between two of the world's most powerful nations. The development of the Cold War caused fear and hysteria throughout the United States quickly shaping American life. The tensions created due to communism and anarchy were quickly formed by select individuals and events that would continue to define the United States through the 1900s. The biggest toll communism played was in the U.S. government and its policies. The Cold War was so influential in American politics, it led to the election of certain presidents, lending of thousands of money to countries, and U.S involvement in affairs overseas leading to public criticism. To understand communism's effect on U.S…show more content…
Communism is a form of socialism where there is a public ownership of production, exchange and distribution, creating a counter opposite with capitalism. Communists often believed in constant growth and improvement, often through revolution of one's government. “The average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above those heights, new peaks will rise” (Trotsky 14). While revolution against one's own unstable government agreed with the enlightenment ideology of Thomas Hobbes social contract, which the early American colonists agreed with, this ideology of constant revolution evoked a sense of chaos among Americans. While it is only natural for a capitalist system to disagree with its counterpart, the extreme hatred of each other probably lies in the fact that in the Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx, he writes about the immorality, injustice, and inherent evil of the ‘bourgeois’ (the property owning people who aid in the growth of capitalism). “We Communists have been reproached with the desire of abolishing the right of personally acquiring property of the fruit of a man’s own labor…” (Marx 83). Due to this constant hatred of these two economic systems, there has been times of fear throughout the United States, such as the First and Second Red Scare, where citizens were scared for their life over the prospect of…show more content…
Kennedy and Richard Nixon. En route to November 8, 1960 the topic of the Cold War was a repeated issue that they addressed throughout their campaign. Kennedy argued that the United States had fallen deeply behind the Soviet Union militarily and economically. Kennedy strongly believed the United States needed to catch up to the Soviet Union in the Space Race using his famous motto, "get America moving again". Meanwhile, Nixon played to Kennedy's youth and argued he was too inexperienced to be trusted in fighting the Cold War, even though Nixon was only four years his superior. Kennedy's argument, clearly being the stronger of the two, led to him winning the presidency in a closely fought battle, only winning the popular vote by 118,550

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