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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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