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On April 25, 1945 the representatives of 50 nations met in SF to establish a new peacekeeping body. Currently meets in New York City. United Nations. Potsdam Conference. Post World War II conference between the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union. Satellite Nations.

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united nations

On April 25, 1945 the representatives of 50 nations met in SF to establish a new peacekeeping body.

Currently meets in New York City

United Nations

U.S. History Chapter 18

potsdam conference
Potsdam Conference

Post World War II conference between the US, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union

U.S. History Chapter 18

satellite nations
Satellite Nations

Countries that were dominated and followed the Soviet Union

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A policy of preventing the extension of communism

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iron curtain
Iron Curtain

Division of Europe between West (capitalist) and East (communist)

Phrase first used by Winston Churchill

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cold war
Cold War

Conflict of ideals between the United States and Soviet Union in which neither nation directly confronted the other on the battlefield

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truman doctrine
Truman Doctrine

President Truman’s Foreign Policy

“It must be the policy of the U.S. to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” (ie: communist Russia)

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marshall plan
Marshall Plan

$12.5 Billion to countries that oppose communism

Putting the Truman Doctrine into practice

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berlin airlift
Berlin Airlift

327 days of flying food and supplies to West Berlin

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n a t o

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Countries of Western Europe and the U.S. join to oppose communism

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chiang kai shek
Chiang Kai-shek

Leader of the Chinese Nationalists

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mao zedong
Mao Zedong

Leader of Chinese Communists

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After the communists gain control of mainland China, nationalists flee to the island of Taiwan

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korea split 38 th parallel
Korea Split – 38th Parallel

Korea split at 38th parallel

  • North – Communist
  • South – Capitalist

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korean conflict
Korean Conflict

U.S. Goals in Korea

  • 1. Maintain the 38th parallel
  • 2. Take North Korea
      • Reverse Domino Theory

When China enters the war on the side of N. Korea we go back to goal #1

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macarthur v truman
MacArthur v. Truman

Douglass MacArthur

  • U.S. commander in Korea

MacArthur likes goal #2

  • China enters, MacArthur wants to take China too.

Truman disagrees

  • Truman is President, MacArthur is a general. Truman wins

Truman fires MacArthur

  • “Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.”

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house un american activities committee
House Un-American Activities Committee

HUAC – Investigated communist influence in the movie industry

Hunting out “Reds in America”

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hollywood ten
Hollywood Ten

Were accused of being communist and refused to cooperate because they believed that the hearings were unconstitutional

They were sent to prison

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A list of people that were condemned for having a communist background

Approximately 500 people had their careers ruined

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alger hiss
Alger Hiss

Accused by Whittaker Chambers of being a spy. Hiss denied the claims.

Information obtained in the 1990s from the USSR seem to prove Hiss’ guilt

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Ethel and Julius were accused and convicted of espionage and sentenced to death

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joseph mccarthy
Joseph McCarthy

Senator Joseph McCarthy (Wis.)

Communists are not just over there, they are here in America too.

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Unfair tactic of accusing people of disloyalty without providing evidence.

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h bomb

Hydrogen Bomb

67 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima

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dwight d eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower

President of the United States

Elected in 1952

Re-Elected in 1956

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john foster dulles
John Foster Dulles

Secretary of State for Eisenhower

Staunch Anti-Communist that saw the Cold War as a moral crusade against communism

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The willingness to go to the edge of all out war

Number of nuclear weapons was increased.

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c i a

Central Intelligence Agency

Spies to gather information abroad

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warsaw pact
Warsaw Pact

Military alliance for the Soviet Union and their satellite nations of the Eastern Block

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eisenhower doctrine
Eisenhower Doctrine

The U.S. would defend the Middle East against an attack by any communist country

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nikita khrushchev
Nikita Khrushchev

Becomes the leader of the USSR after Stalin’s death in 1953

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space race
Space Race

The competition for international prestige between the U.S. and USSR for exploration of space

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francis gary powers u 2
Francis Gary Powers (U-2)

High altitude spy flights over the Soviet Union

FGP was shot down and captured May 1, 1960

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