The United States’ battle against communism from the Cold War until now

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  • The Bay of Pigs Invasion

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion
    The Bay of Pigs of April 17, 1961 was a failed military invasion of Cuba to overthrow the revolution of Fidel Castro. The failed attempt causes Cuba to further their involvement into USSR weapon arms and support.
  • The United Nations

    The United Nations
    Founded in October 24, 1945, Lake Success, NY. A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations to prevent another worldwide conflict. At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193.
  • The Truman Doctrine

    The Truman Doctrine
    On March 12, 1947, President Harry S. Truman presented this address before a joint session of Congress. His message, known as the Truman Doctrine, asked Congress for $400 million in military and economic assistance for Turkey and Greece in hopes to prevent communism spreading in Europe in these countries.
  • The Marshall Plan

    The Marshall Plan
    On April 3, 1948, President Truman signed the Economic Recovery Act of 1948. It became known as the Marshall Plan where the United States provided economic assistance to restore the economic infrastructure of post WWII Europe.
  • NATO

    Founded in April 4, 1949, Washington, D.C. - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. NATO formed an alliance between the territories of North America and Europe. From its concept, its main purpose was to defend each other from the possibility of communist Soviet Union taking control of their nation.
  • President John F. Kennedy's Assassination

    President John F. Kennedy's Assassination
    On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas where he was on track on his campaign trail to be elected again for a second term. Lyndon B. Johnson, the current vice president at that time replaced him until he could run for his own office at a moment’s later in time.
  • Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe

    Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
    On November 9, 1989, the disintegration of the Soviet Union was inevitable due to the process of containment in Europe. This lead to the end of communist rule in central and eastern europe where democracy replaced many of its government style rule such as democracy Germany and Japan.
  • The Gulf War

    The Gulf War
    The Gulf War, or Operation Desert Shield was an operation to lead troops into the first US led war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf on January 17, 1991. This war was set around a US military base in the country of Saudi Arabia where they fought off the Iraq forces invading Kuwait.
  • The Collapse Of The Soviet Union

    The Collapse Of The Soviet Union
    The Soviet Union was dissolved on December 26, 1991. It had fallen to the great number of radical reforms that Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev had implemented during his six years as the leader of the USSR. However, Gorbachev was disappointed in the dissolution of his nation and resigned from his job on December 25.

    Founded in January 1, 1994, The North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade alliance where they agreed to remove their trade barriers.
  • September 11th Terrorist Attacks

    September 11th Terrorist Attacks
    On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, nineteen members of the Islamic terrorist group Al Qaeda perpetrated a devastating, deadly assault on the United States, crashing airplanes into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, killing thousands. The attacks shattered Americans' sense of security, threw the nation into a state of emergency, and triggered a months-long war in Afghanistan and an extended worldwide "war on terrorism."
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    The Red Scare

    Occurred around 1917 – 1920. When the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States intensified in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the fear of the soviet threat posed by Communists in the U.S. turned into a period of paranoia known as the Red Scare.
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    President Harry Truman

    April 12, 1945 – January 20, 1953
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    The Korean War

    From June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953, the Korean War began when North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations with the United States, came to the aid of South Korea while China and the Soviet Union came to the aid of North Korea.
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    A period around 1950 -1954 where Senator Joseph McCarthy held a campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions. McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence.
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    President Dwight Eisenhower

    January 20, 1953 – January 20, 1961
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    The Vietnam War

    From November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975. This war was America’s commitment to the containment of communism during the Cold War. For approximately fifteen years, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam fought against an American-supported Republic of Vietnam. The war for the U.S. ended in 1973 with the withdrawal of American combat troops, and two years later, South Vietnamese forces surrendered to the North through the pull out policy of Vietnamization.
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    President John F. Kennedy

    January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
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    The Cuban Missile Crisis

    Happened on October 16, 1962 to October 28, 1962. This crisis was a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War where it was a moment when the two world superpowers came close to a nuclear conflict.
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    President Lyndon B. Johnson

    November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
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    President Richard Nixon

    January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974
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    President Ronald Reagan

    January 20, 1981 – January 20, 1989
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    President George H.W. Bush

    January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993
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    President William Clinton

    January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
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    President George W. Bush

    January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009
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    The War in Afghanistan

    Occurred during Oct 7, 2001 – Dec 28, 2014. The Afghanistan war was an international conflict that resulted from the event of 9/11. Through the presidency of Obama, his 2009 decision to temporarily increase the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan combated its way for being the longest war the United States has ever fought.
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    The War in Iraq

    Occurred during Mar 20, 2003 – Dec 18, 2011. The Iraq war, also being called the Second Persian Gulf War was a military campaign that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a multinational force led by troops from the US and UK. It was of this war that Saddam Hussein was overthrown.