Wwii And The Cold War

1711 WordsOct 18, 20157 Pages
When discussing WWII and The Cold War from an American perspective, the focus is likely to be centered on the wartime efforts of the country while debating strengths and shortcomings within those efforts. However, while the physical and psychological wars waged on, America’s homefront saw a continuation of fighting in the form of social movements aimed at attaining equality for all Americans. Minorities like African Americans and Mexican immigrants continued to face discrimination and racism during WWII but were shaped in different ways by the war. The Cold War era in America is a very complex subject marked by heightened tensions, fear, and paranoia among citizens. Much in the same way that WWII shaped the plight of minorities and immigrants on the homefront, the Cold War era also effected what it meant to be an American by shaping the conformist social class. Reaction to this conformity would also be shaped by the Cold War era, and Americans would eventually become critical to these effects. The first few decades of the 20th century marked a progressive period in America that set the framework for many of the social movements and ideals that would continue to shape the country throughout the rest of the century. African Americans continued to push for equal rights through the early 20th century and post-WWI. However, with the onset of WWII, the attention of citizens and lawmakers shifted from social movements on the homefront and instead focused largely on supporting the

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