Cuba and the Cold War
By Ethan Miller
Cuban Missile Crisis
In 1962, the Soviet Union stationed missiles in Cuba; instigating the Cuban Missile Crisis. President Kennedy ordered the Soviets to remove their missiles, and for several days the world on the brink of nuclear war. Eventually, the Soviet leadership "blinked" and removed their missiles.
The Cold War
The fear of communism and the threat of nuclear war affected American life throughout the Cold War. The convictions of Alger Hiss and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for spying for the Soviet Union and the construction of nuclear weapons by the Soviets, using technical secrets obtained through spying, increased domestic fears of communism.
The Blame Game
Senator Joseph McCarthy played on American fears of communism by recklessly accusing many American governmental officials and other citizens of being communists, based on flimsy or no evidence. This led to the coining of the term McCarthyism- the making of false accusations based on rumor or guilt by association.