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    Cold War Anti-Communist Trading Cards

    Cold War historian Victoria Phillips explored the anti-communist trading cards that the Bowman Bubblegum Company released in 1951. The 48 cards in the “Fight the Red Menace” series depicted…

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    Cold War Educational Film

    Professor Karen Rader talked about mid-20th century educational films used to teach students about nuclear warfare and science. During the Cold War, policymakers feared the U.S. population…

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    End of the Cold War and Youth Culture

    Evergreen State College professor Bradley Proctor taught a class about how the end of the Cold War impacted American youth culture in the 1990s.

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    Mercury Rising

    Author Jeff Shesol talked about why President Kennedy placed his Cold War hopes, at the height of Soviet tensions, in astronaut John Glenn’s February 20, 1962, orbit of Earth aboard…

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    Sleeper Agent

    Ann Hagedorn profiled American-born Soviet spy, George Koval, who was able to secure security clearance to the U.S. atomic bomb project and relay confidential information to the Soviet…

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    Checkmate in Berlin

    Giles Milton discussed post-World War II Berlin and the conflicts that arose between the four Allied countries that controlled sectors of the city. This was a virtual event hosted by…

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    History of the Cold War and International Relations

    How did the Cold War affect international relations? International Spy Museum director Chris Costa, historian and curator Andrew Hammond, and Pritzker Military Museum and Library curator…

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    Ronald Reagan and End of the Cold War

    University of Texas at Austin Professor Jeremi Suri taught an class about President Ronald Reagan and the end of the Cold War. He explored Reagan’s domestic politics as well as his working…

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    Early Cold War U.S. Politics and Economics

    George Mason University Professor Sam Lebovic taught a class about U.S. politics and economics of the early Cold War period of the late-1940s and 1950s. He argued that with extreme ideologies such as…

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    The Wall

    This 1962 U.S. Information Agency film produced by Hearst Metrotone News showed the situation before the construction of the Berlin Wall in August 1961 and the changes in the year…

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    U.S. Vice President Makes World Tour

    Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, traveled around the world in July of 1956 with stops in Hawaii, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, and Turkey. Highlights…

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    Operation Vittles

    This U.S. Air Force film nominated for an Academy Award tells the story of the Berlin Airlift, one of the opening events of the Cold War.

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    Ethel Rosenberg

    Ethel Rosenberg was executed by the U.S. government in June of 1953, with her husband Julius, for working to give nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Anne…

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    Solzhenitsyn and American Culture

    Jessica Wilson, scholar in residence at the University of Dallas, talked about the late Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and his use of art to combat propaganda. This virtual event…

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    History of Ellsworth Air Force Base

    John Mollison of the South Dakota Air and Space Museum and Kim Morey of the South Dakota Air and Space Foundation talked about Ellsworth Air Force Base. Established in 1941 as a training ground for B-17…

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    Nuclear Folly

    Harvard University history Professor Serhii Plokhy provided a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This was a virtual event hosted by the National Archives.

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    Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space

    On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, securing a victory for the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A panel of scholars discussed the legacy of Mr.…

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    Korean War and the Cold War

    Samuel Wells talked about the Korean War’s impact on U.S. and Soviet Union defense policies. Mr. Wells is a Cold War Fellow at The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., which hosted this event. He’s also…

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    Cold War Berlin

    American History TV visited the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., to tour their exhibit on Cold War Berlin. Lead curator Alexis Albion explained how the city came to be divided…

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    Soviet Spy Klaus Fuchs

    Nancy Thorndike Greenspan talked about her book, Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs, which looks at the life of the spy who gave the Soviets America’s plans for a plutonium bomb. The…

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