I'm supposed to use 3 events that occurred between 1945-1952 to define, illustrate, and explain the changing American self-image of its world role in the postwar era. The question is - How did domestic issues figure into and influence foreign policy decisions?
The first domestic issue would be the famous "baby boom" that occurred during that very time. You should consider why were Americans having so many babies in such a short span of time after World War II. Some historians believe the "baby boom" reflected an increased optimism.
The Second issue would be the 1948 Recession. What caused the Recession and what signal did it send to the American people? If the "baby boom" was caused by optimism, why didn't the recession temper it?
Finally, consider the 1952 Election of Eisenhower. Why did the American people change from Democrat leadership to Republican? Was it related to the 1948 recession?