The Cold War described a time where political trust was non-existent between Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the United States of America (USA). This happened after the end of World War II. Weapons of mass destruction posed an international threat across nations. The USSR and USA were allies during World War II, but both countries posed the biggest threat one another. The Cold War represented a clash between democracy and communism.
The nuclear threat during the Cold War had a severe social impact on Americans. Many instructional videos were released to determine the precautionary measures during a nuclear attack. The infamous “Duck and Cover” video was released to public schools as a drill similar to a fire drill. Children cartoons depicted Soviets as evil through many characters in the 1960s. Life during this time was cautious. Americans feared the possible nuclear attack by the Soviets at any moment. A sense of security could not be established as imminent danger was lingering. Fear controlled the people and the economic growth in America.
Modern terrorism removed the sense of security in America. Muslim followers were socially targeted as enemies immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001. There were cases of Muslims asked to get off airplanes because of the potential safety of other passengers. The attack of the twin towers in New York marked a significant change in security for Americans. Americans were left to wonder