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Jake asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 8 months ago

What was it like to live in the U.S during the Cold war, and Vietnam?

my dad was a child of the 60's and grew up in the 70's so he knew about the USSR and vietnam cause he said that he would see a lot of American soldiers in the Philippines, in the malls etc...

America has good relations with the Philippines. During the cold war and USSR could citizens lets say from Canada travel to Ukraine? Could Ukrainians immigrate to USA?

How about in Vietnam?

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  • 8 months ago
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    That is a difficult question to answer because those of us who are old enough to remember were so much younger then. Most of us are also baby-boomers, which gave us more political clout and social influence. We were raised by parents who had gone through the great depression and World War II.

    During much of that time America was the only economic superpower. Other  major industrial powers in the world had been ravished during World War II and, at least during the first part of the cold war, were still recovering. and thanks largely to the Marshall Plan America was seen as a beacon of freedom.

    It was a time when workers had real power and labor unions were strong. Factory workers made enough to live very comfortably and many even had a vacation home. I remember that construction workers could make good money even if they could not read of write very well.

    White men generally had very little economic anxiety. 

    These conditions allowed many of us to push for social reforms, including civil rights and women's liberation. 

    Some elements of the cold war, in particular the space race, caused many of us to go into technical and scientific fields. 

    This activism also was still strong when it came to the Vietnam War. The publication of the Pentagon Papers and the Watergate abuses were significant in starting the distrust in government. 

    In short, as a young white man life was good at the beginning of the cold war, but not as great by the end of it. 

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    During the Cold War, the US actually gave preferential treatment in immigration hearings to citizens of communist nations such as the USSR.  The US regarded these people, largely, as oppressed victims of brutal dictatorships and wanted to encourage refugees to defect.  One exception was Cuba, which was so close and which sent a large number of people here.  Eventually the US developed the "wet foot dry foot" policy where Cuban refugees who were caught at sea would be returned to Cuba, but those who actually made it to land in the US would be allowed asylum.

  • 8 months ago

    It was good. At least we knew who the enemy was. Now your enemy could be your sick Dem next door neighbor

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