Having defeated the German, Italian, and Japanese forces of fascism , many Americans believed that U.S.-style democracy was the best model for governments of other countries to adopt.
Trying to avoid open conflict, the U.S. and USSR entered a period of tension and diplomatic contests. This era lasted from the mid-1940s to the early 1990s. It was called the "Cold War."
Photograph of Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara pointing to a map of Vietnam during a press conference. U.S. News and World Report, Photo by Marion Trikosko, Library of Congress
- A photograph of U.S.S.R. Premier Nikita Khrushchev meeting with U.S. President John Kennedy. Photograph credited to the U.S. State Department, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
- President John Kennedy meets with his cabinet including Defense Secretary Robert McNamara during the Cuban Missile Crisis. McNamara was an early supporter of a blockade of Cuba, the course later chosen by the president. National Archives
- A photograph of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson presenting aerial photographs of Cuban missile construction. United Nations Photo Library
- A U.S. Air Force plane makes a landing in Berlin in 1948 as part of the Berlin airlift to bring in food and supplies to the people of the city. Scores of children watch. U.S. Air Force Historical Research Agency
- Pop-up photograph of Winston Churchill. Imperial War Museum Collection, United Kingdom
- A 10-year-old Nashville girl, Anne Hart, looks at her identification bracelet and dogtag that were offered to school children in 1954 as part of Civil Defense measures. Photo by Joe Rudis, courtesy of The Tennessean
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