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Two Nations Live on the Edge. H-Bomb. 1 Million tons of TNT 67 times stronger than Little Boy U.S. exploded the first H-Bomb on Nov. 1, 1952 Soviets: Aug. 1953. Republicans plan for ’52 Election. Truman decides not to run again Approval rate at an all time low of 23% Spread of Communism

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h bomb
H-Bomb
  • 1 Million tons of TNT
    • 67 times stronger than Little Boy
  • U.S. exploded the first H-Bomb on Nov. 1, 1952
  • Soviets: Aug. 1953
republicans plan for 52 election
Republicans plan for ’52 Election
  • Truman decides not to run again
    • Approval rate at an all time low of 23%
    • Spread of Communism
    • Korean War
  • Dem. Adlai Stevenson, Gov. of Ill.
  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower
president eisenhower
President Eisenhower
  • Ike’s approach: “dynamic conservatism”
  • Conservative w/$
  • Liberal w/human beings
brinkmanship
Brinkmanship
  • John Foster Dulles, Sec. of State
    • U.S. use all forces (even atomic) against an aggressor
  • Brinkmanship: Willingness to go to the edge of an all-out war.
  • Soviets followed suit.
the warsaw pact
The Warsaw Pact
  • Stalin dies in ’53
  • West Germany joins NATO in ’55.
  • Fearful, the Soviets formed the Warsaw Pact
    • Military alliance w/seven E. European nations.
the hungarian uprising
The Hungarian Uprising
  • Hungary dominated by the Soviet Union
    • Hungarians wanted Democracy
  • November, 1956: Soviet tanks invaded the country and killed 30,000 people
  • U.S. / NATO did nothing (Truman Doctrine)
the space race
The Space Race
  • October 4, 1957: Soviets launched Sputnik
    • Triumph in Soviet technology
  • January 31, 1958: First U.S. satellite
u 2 spy plane incident
U-2 Spy Plane Incident
  • CIA flew spy missions over the Soviet Union starting in the mid. 1950’s
  • 1960’s: Ike wanted the flights discontinued.
    • Summit to be held on the arms race.
  • May 1: Francis Gary Powers shot down over the Soviet Union.
  • Flights stopped, Khrushchev called off the summit
  • 1960’s opened w/heightened pressure
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