Dark Side of the Moon or Lights out, in McCarthy's America!
An Integrated, Interdisciplinary, Thematic, Standards-based Unit on The 1950s and the Cold War At the end of World War II, two countries emerged victorious. The U.S. and the Soviet Union became the world's first superpower. The tensions that developed immediately following the war defined the proceeding decade. This "Cold War" influenced every aspect of the United States. Understanding how the Cold War affected the United States and the world is important for contextualizing our own time.