The Cold War

By: Destiny Ansah

Important Terms and Names You Need to Know

Ho Chi Minh- He was an outspoken voice for Vietnam: he was speaking for Communism. He was also known as “Uncle Ho”.

Douglas MacArthur- He was an American general who led the UN forces in the Korean War.

Mao Zedong- He introduced racial for China’s domestic weaknesses than to rely on conservative ones.

The Iron Curtain- It was a barrier erected by the Soviets.

Fidel Castro- He reduced illiteracy, stamped out racism, improved health care.

Below is a Cold War era cartoon that uses humor to tell of the dangers of Communism while promoting the benefits of capitalism.

Frequently Asked Questions

What even was the "Cold War"? The Cold War was a political struggle between the Western world, represented by the United States and NATO allies and the Eastern Bloc, organized by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (sometimes referred to as the Soviet Union or USSR) and its allies.

Who was Fidel Castro? Fidel Castro was a revolutionary who in 1959 overthrew the government of Cuba, an island state 90 miles away from the U.S., and became its new leader.

What is NATO? The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, is an alliance of countries formed initially from a core of Western European and North American states (the U.S., Canada, the UK, and others).

Why did the U.S. blockade Cuba? President Kennedy did not want to escalate to war so quickly. Instead, he decided to blockade Cuba to prevent the installation of additional Soviet nuclear missiles. While this step did not defuse the crisis, it bought the President time and avoided a direct attack against Cuba.


Make Mine Freedom - 1948 Anti-Communist Propaganda Cartoon