In what ways did the United States government react to the threat of Communism during the Cold War?I was out sick when we did the cold war in class, and now I have to write a DBQ. I don't...

In what ways did the United States government react to the threat of Communism during the Cold War?

I was out sick when we did the cold war in class, and now I have to write a DBQ. I don't understand anything!


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If you are writing a DBQ, please be sure to look at the sources that you are given to help guide your answer.  

Overall, there are many ways in which the US government reacted to communism.  The general response was that of containment.  The US responded to communism by trying to prevent it from spreading any farther than it had already done.  This was done in a number of ways. It was done by giving help to countries through things like the Marshall Plan.  It was done by covert action (as in Iran and Guatemala).  It was done by military force as in the Korean War.

There were also other ways in which the US government reacted later in the Cold War.  For example, there was the policy of detente.  This policy, which dominated much of the '70s, emphasized reducing tensions with the communists in hopes of preventing conflict.

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