What were the Cold War fears of the American people in the aftermath of WWII? How successful was Eisenhower's admin. towards the fears?   

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If you are doing a DBQ for AP, I seriously suggest that you try to figure out yourself what the documents are saying and how to use them.  AP students I've taught have often had trouble with this and the DBQ is a big deal...

The main fears of the American people were that the USSR and other communist countries would either A) cause a war that might end with nuclear destruction, B) take over enough of the world that the US would be isolated or C) subvert American democracy from within.

By the end of Ike's administration people were less concerned than they had been at the start.  You can see this in how the McCarthy era sort of died off.  But A and B were still enough of worries that JFK made a lot of headway against Nixon by talking about the supposed "missile gap."

If you want to ask me about the documents, you can tell me what you think and I'll respond, but I seriously think you should give it a shot yourself.