During the 1970s, Congressional investigations into government intelligence actions revealed a number of covert (or hidden) operations against foreign powers which flirted with Communism. Continue reading →
While American troops had been in South Vietnam providing training and security during the early 1960s, it was the 1964 attack by North Vietnam on the USS Maddox which triggered a wider US military involvement. Continue reading →
With the dawn of nuclear war after the American bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet acquisition of an atomic bomb in the late 1940s, civil defense–programs of safety education–became prominent in American schools. Continue reading →
Throughout the Cold War, Harding College (now University) produced a number of films which promoted “American” values in the face of perceived pressure from “un-American” ideologies. This short animated film, “Make Mine Freedom” is an early example of these films. As you watch it, think about the goals the filmmakers had in creating this cartoon and who the cartoon’s audience might have been.
During the 1950s, some American thinkers expressed concern that deviation from accepted behavior, would contribute to a weakening of American society. This educational film from 1958 addresses some of the perceived consequences of premarital sex. While premarital sex was certainly not invented in the 1950s, concerns about “proper” behavior were enhanced by the tensions of the Cold War.