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The Cold War Flashcards

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Bay of Pigs
In 1961 Kennedy ordered trained anti-communist Cuban forces to land at this location to invade and neutralize Cuba. This plan turned into a fiasco, and the forces Kennedy sent were captured.
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Domino Theory
This belief, notably held by President Eisenhower, claimed that if Vietnam fell to communism, the rest of South Asia would fall as well.
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Sputnik
The launch of this triggered competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the 'space race'. It shocked America into enlarging their space program after 1957.
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Korean War
This conflict, fought during 1950-1953, began when North Korea invaded South Korea. It was the United States' first action against communism after WWII.
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Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
This was presented to Congress by President Johnson as a result of an alleged attack by North Vietnamese patrol boats on U.S. Navy ships, committing the U.S. to respond.
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National Defense Education Act
Legislation passed in 1958 by president Eisenhower because of his belief that students in the U.S. were falling behind their communist counterparts and sought to reform the national curriculum.
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Cuban Missile Crisis
This began when the U.S was notified that the Soviet Union sent missiles to Cuba. The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. narrowly avoided a nuclear confrontation.
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The Peace Corps
This was a program established by President John F. Kennedy that promoted democracy and shunned communism.
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The Vietnam War
This was the longest conflict in U.S. history, lasting 25 years; It was a 'proxy' war; The Soviet and China supported North Vietnam, while the U.S. supported South Vietnam.
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Flashcard Content Overview

The Cold War was a defining time in U.S. history. Communism spawned international conflict, and divisiveness in America's political atmosphere raged on as presidential leaders continuously became involved in foreign policy. These flash cards will take you through the polarizing conflicts the U.S. entered, the presidential decisions that supported international efforts, and the major outcomes that sought to establish the U.S. as a powerful and competitive nation.

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The Vietnam War
This was the longest conflict in U.S. history, lasting 25 years; It was a 'proxy' war; The Soviet and China supported North Vietnam, while the U.S. supported South Vietnam.
The Peace Corps
This was a program established by President John F. Kennedy that promoted democracy and shunned communism.
Cuban Missile Crisis
This began when the U.S was notified that the Soviet Union sent missiles to Cuba. The U.S. and the U.S.S.R. narrowly avoided a nuclear confrontation.
National Defense Education Act
Legislation passed in 1958 by president Eisenhower because of his belief that students in the U.S. were falling behind their communist counterparts and sought to reform the national curriculum.
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
This was presented to Congress by President Johnson as a result of an alleged attack by North Vietnamese patrol boats on U.S. Navy ships, committing the U.S. to respond.
Korean War
This conflict, fought during 1950-1953, began when North Korea invaded South Korea. It was the United States' first action against communism after WWII.
Sputnik
The launch of this triggered competition between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in the 'space race'. It shocked America into enlarging their space program after 1957.
Domino Theory
This belief, notably held by President Eisenhower, claimed that if Vietnam fell to communism, the rest of South Asia would fall as well.
Bay of Pigs
In 1961 Kennedy ordered trained anti-communist Cuban forces to land at this location to invade and neutralize Cuba. This plan turned into a fiasco, and the forces Kennedy sent were captured.
Viet Cong
Also referred to as the National Liberation Front, this was the revolutionary political arm of North Vietnam and the primary enemy of the U.S.
Tet Offensive
A major offensive against South Vietnam from the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. This was a turning point in the war that displayed the failing effort of the war to the American public.
Military-industrial complex
During his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned against this, believing that advancement wont be achieved through defense spending and politico-military relationships.
Democratic National Convention (1968)
A violent protest occurred at this event amidst campaigning for the 1968 presidential election. The violence drew attention to the war and the belief that democrats were to blame.
Containment
This a strategy designed to keep communism from spreading. It was used by the U.S. to combat the Soviet Union, and eventually Vietnam, Laos, Germany, and Cuba.
End of the Korean War
An armistice reached on July 27, 1953 marked this major event, but little was actually achieved. There are still unresolved issues and a sustained conflict between North and South Korea.
US involvement in Vietnam War
The goal of this decision was ultimately to prevent South Vietnam from succumbing to Communism.
Focus on math and science
President Kennedy called for a greater focus on these subjects and advocated for overall higher education standards in response to the launch of Sputnik.
Joseph R. McCarthy
Republican senator from Wisconsin who rose to power by instigating fear in communism. His name was used as a term for accusing and detaining suspects to minimize communism.
United Nations' role in the Korean War
The U.S. sought to declare war on communism following the outbreak of armed conflict in Korea with the help of the United Nations. They hoped to establish peace and remove communist invaders.

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