The Cold War permeated all aspects of the post-World War II world. Explain how the Cold War impacted American culture (gender roles, religion, etc.) and domestic policy decisions from 1945 to 1960.

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The Cold War had a considerable impact on the American culture. First, it shaped or rather established new gender roles (May, 2017b). Instead of seeking employment and pursuing careers, which was common in the war period, females were encouraged to remain at home. They chose family life to let war veterans find employment and make sure they bring up good Americans. The media and government bombarded the youth with messages to ensure that young people would not become Communists. Conformity was an important value. Religion was also regarded as a platform for building a strong society sharing certain values. Consumerism could be regarded as the economic agenda. Higher education was another focus of the government, which resulted in the development of a strong middle class in the country.

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