McCarthyism, Korea and the Cold War

After World War II, foreign affairs played an increasingly important role in the lives of American citizens. The United States and its allies competed with the United Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its allies for political and economic dominance around the world. Known as the Cold War, this rivalry between the U.S. and the Soviet Union shaped almost every aspect of international politics, as well as many domestic concerns, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the dissolution of the USSR in the early 1990s.

In the late 1940s, people in Wisconsin were divided over issues such... more...

Original Documents and Other Primary Sources

Link to article: An anti-McCarthy political flyer from the 1952 campaignAn anti-McCarthy political flyer from the 1952 campaign
Link to article: McCarthy is discredited on nationwide televisionMcCarthy is discredited on nationwide television
Link to article: Judge Joe McCarthy runs for Senate in 1946Judge Joe McCarthy runs for Senate in 1946
Link to article: The Progressive Magazine takes on Senator McCarthy in 1954The Progressive Magazine takes on Senator McCarthy in 1954
Link to article: McCarthy seeks support against "communist mouthpieces"McCarthy seeks support against "communist mouthpieces"
Link to article: Sen. William Proxmire Opposes the Military-Industrial ComplexSen. William Proxmire Opposes the Military-Industrial Complex
Link to artifacts: A patch from a historic meeting in space, 1975A patch from a historic meeting in space, 1975
Link to artifacts: Hope and fear in an atomic ageHope and fear in an atomic age
Link to artifacts: A Racine family equips their fallout shelter in 1960A Racine family equips their fallout shelter in 1960
Link to book: Two Korean War veterans describe their experiencesTwo Korean War veterans describe their experiences
Link to images: Photographs from the career of William ProxmirePhotographs from the career of William Proxmire
Link to manuscript: Sen. William Proxmire's Campaign Against GenocideSen. William Proxmire's Campaign Against Genocide
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