American Society in the Cold War Era


2 Part assignment must be completed fully with Essay portion following all APA guidlines.

Part A:From the following two lists, choose five events from each column. Identify the basic facts, dates, and purpose of the event in two to three sentences in the Identify column. Include why the event is significant in the significance column, and add a reference for your material in the reference column.

Fabulous 50s Culture

The Hula Hoop



The Mickey Mouse Club

Interstate Highways


Drive-in Theaters


Leave it to Beaver

I Love Lucy

American Bandstand

Elvis Presley

Chuck Berry

James Dean


Reverand Billy Graham

Cold War Society

Red Scare

House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)

Ronald Reagan (President of the Screen Actors Guild, not as the future U.S. president)

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Fallout Shelter

Duck and Cover Drill



Cuba and Fidel Castro

Cold War Propaganda

Alger Hiss

The Korean War

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

Part B:

Select and complete one of the following:

Option 1: Cold War Soviet Spy

Option 2: Red Scare and McCarthyism

Option 1: Cold War Soviet Spy

For this assignment, imagine you are a Soviet (USSR) spy during the 1950s Cold War-era. You have been instructed to write an encrypted letter to your Soviet contact explaining the recent past and current U.S. Cold War policies, events, and practices. Once you have completed this letter, you will mail it to your contact in Paris, so he or she, in turn, will forward the message to a KGB agent in Moscow.

Resource: University of Phoenix Material: Historical and Scholarly Sources

Review the Historical and Scholarly document in this week’s reading.

Complete a thorough investigation on actual Soviet Spies in the 1950s. You may use your textbook, primary and secondary sources, scholarly sources, and newspapers/magazines.

Create a letter of 700- to 1,050 words. You may use the letter template below.

Include at least five of the following events/policies:


The Marshall Plan

Warsaw Pact

The Truman Doctrine

National Security Council Document Number 68 (NSC-68)

Korean War

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS)

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)


Eisenhower Doctrine

Hungarian Revolution

American U-2 Spy plan (1960)

Include one source for this assignment.

Format the text of your letter consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

Option 2: Red Scare and McCarthyism

In this scenario, you are a set designer for a Hollywood movie production company in 1952. You decide to write a letter to the editor of the Los Angeles Times against Senator Joseph’s McCarthy’s anti-communist pursuit of the entertainment industry in Hollywood.

Review the required reading on the Red Scare and McCarthyism.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word letter to the editor.

Include many of the following terms in your essay:

Hollywood Blacklist

Ronald Reagan’s HUAC testimony (1947)

House Un-American Activities Committee

Senator Joseph McCarthy

Richard Nixon

The Fifth Amendment

Screen Actors Guild

The Hollywood Ten

Screen Writers Guild

Include one source besides your textbook.

Format the text of your letter consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.

Must cite scholarly references properly and must have at least 2 in text citations that conform to APA format.