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Causes of the Cold War

Causes of the Cold War

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Americans Still Afraid of Nuclear Attack

A New York Times article from April 2010 compares contemporary American concerns about nuclear attack to early Cold War anxieties.


Excerpt: “'Officials regard the possibility of atomic sabotage as the gravest threat of subversion that this country, with its virtually unpatrolled borders, has ever faced,’ The New York Times reported in 1953, telling readers that the Eisenhower administration was preparing to alert the public to the danger from ‘valise bombs.’ Hundreds of pages of declassified documents from the 1950s, obtained by The New York Times from the F.B.I. under the Freedom of Information Act, lay out a strikingly familiar story, in which Communist agents played the role of today’s Al Qaeda.”


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