the line on the map that marks the border between North Korea and South Korea, established in 1945 after World War II. When US troops crossed it during the Korean War in 1950 this caused the Chinese to enter the war. It was again used as the border when peace was signed in 1953.
38th parallel
a temporary marked increase in the birth rate, especially the one following World War II.
baby boom
a young person in the 1950s and early 1960s belonging to a subculture associated with the beat generation.
beatnicks
A military operation in the late 1940s that brought food and other needed goods into West Berlin by air after the government of East Germany, which at that time surrounded West Berlin ( see Berlin wall ), had cut off its supply routes.
berlinairlift
the protection or promotion of the interests of consumers.
consumerism
the action of keeping something harmful under control or within limits.
containment
law passed in 1944 that provided educational and other benefits for people who had served in the armed forces in World War II.
Gibill
the southern US from California to Florida, noted for resort areas and for the movement of businesses and population into these states from the colder northern state
sunbelt
a type of popular dance music originating in the 1950s, characterized by a heavy beat and simple melodies
rock&roll
a military alliance of European and North American democracies founded after World War II to strengthen international ties between member states—especially the United States and Europe—and to serve as a counter-balance to the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.
nato
an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research
nasa
the principle that the US should give support to countries or peoples threatened by Soviet forces or communist insurrection
Truman doctrine
an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $12 billion[1] (approximately $120 billion in current dollar value as of June 2016) in economic support to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II.
Marshall plan
a list of names deciphered from codenames contained in the Venona project, an American government effort from 1943-1980 to decrypt coded messages by intelligence forces of the Soviet Union.
venona papers
a vociferous campaign against alleged communists in the US government and other institutions carried out under Senator Joseph McCarthy in the period 1950–54. Many of the accused were blacklisted or lost their jobs, although most did not in fact belong to the Communist Party
McCarthyism
was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties.
huac