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In 1950, Main Street America—restored by victories in a global war and hopeful for a prosperous and peaceful future—was abruptly traumatized. The sudden prospect of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union, Senator Joseph McCarthy's vicious anticommunist crusade, and the beginning of the Korean War all combined to dampen the public mood. In the wake of these events, the Cold War invaded every home and convinced millions of Americans that the liberal establishment created by Franklin Roosevelt and sustained by Harry Truman had betrayed the public trust and placed the nation in mortal peril.

Revealing the intense interplay between foreign policy, domestic politics, and public opinion, Lisle Rose argues that 1950 was a pivotal year for the nation. Thermonuclear terror brought "a clutching fear of mass death" to the forefront of public awareness, even as McCarthy's zealous campaign to root out "subversives" destroyed a sense of national community forged in the Great Depression and World War II. The Korean War, with its dramatic oscillations between victory and defeat, put the finishing touches on the national mood of crisis and hysteria. Drawing upon recently available Russian and Chinese sources, Rose sheds much new light on the aggressive designs of Stalin, Mao, and North Korea's Kim Il Sung in East Asia and places the American reaction to the North Korean invasion in a new and more realistic context.

Rose argues that the convergence of Korea, McCarthy, and the Bomb wounded the nation in ways from which we've never fully recovered. He suggests, in fact, that the convergence may have paved the way for our involvement in Vietnam and, by eroding public trust in and support for government, launched the ultra-Right's campaign to dismantle the foundations of modern American liberalism.

Engagingly written, The Cold War Comes to Main Street is a sophisticated synthesis that cuts to the core of a half-century of postwar national paranoia. It calls into question the assumptions of several generations of scholars about foreign affairs and domestic policies and will force readers to reconsider their assumptions about just when—and how—the nation lost its sense of community, confidence, and civility.

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Finding 1950 a pivotal year, Rose, who served in the US Department of State from 1972 to 1989, explores how Joseph McCarthy's vicious anti- communist crusade and the vicissitudes of the Korean War shattered the sense of national community forged during the Great Depression and World War II. He finds that common Americans began to believe the liberal regimes established by Roosevelt and Truman had led the country into mortal danger. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews@booknews.com)

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In 1950, Main Street American was abruptly traumatized. The sudden prospect of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union, Senator McCarthy's vicious anticommunist crusade, and the beginning of the Korean War all combined to dampen the public mood. The Cold War invaded every home. Rose maintains that 1950 was a pivotal year for the nation. He argues that the convergence of Korea, McCarthy, and the bomb wounded the nation in ways from which we've never fully recovered. Brimming with originality, this book makes readers look at the Cold War from a dozen different angles.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-386) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Liberals

2. The Red Menace

3. Conservatives

4. The Bomb

5. McCarthyism

6. The Guns of Summer

7. The Politics of Hysteria

8. Hubris

9. Disaster

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700609284
Subtitle:
America in 1950
Author:
Rose, Lisle Abbott
Author:
Rose, Lisle A.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Location:
Lawrence :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
1945-
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Cold War -- Social aspects -- United States.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19990201
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.61x6.42x1.49 in. 1.76 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 1950, Main Street American was abruptly traumatized. The sudden prospect of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union, Senator McCarthy's vicious anticommunist crusade, and the beginning of the Korean War all combined to dampen the public mood. The Cold War invaded every home. Rose maintains that 1950 was a pivotal year for the nation. He argues that the convergence of Korea, McCarthy, and the bomb wounded the nation in ways from which we've never fully recovered. Brimming with originality, this book makes readers look at the Cold War from a dozen different angles.
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