The United States During The Cold War

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The United States had a continued presence in Southeast Asia throughout World War II, and during the Cold War. Post WWII America was thriving with industry, and the economy flourishing. This marked the start of the baby boomer era, and people were happy because the depression was over. America had political interest in both Vietnam and the Philippines because of they wanted to spread democracy and defend people against communism. They also wanted to give Vietnam to France as they once had it, but Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam and himself president without the acknowledgment of the U.S.. The Philippines had gained their independence from the U.S. in 1946, and then became an ally to them going into the Cold War. The United States drastically influenced the political development in Vietnam and the Philippines by forcing democracy and the American culture on these societies. The United States became involved with Vietnam after World War II because of the tension between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had occupied almost all of Eastern Europe, and they set up communist-ran governments to further separate themselves from the capitalistic values of the West. The U.S.’s policies in containment led them to take action against the spread of communism. The U.S. articulated the Domino Theory, which states that if one nation became communist then their neighbor would also become communist, and so would that neighbor’s neighbor and so forth. The U.S.
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