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Satellite nations

Countries that were dominate by and dependent upon the Soviet Union.


An effort to block Soviet influence, support and ally weaker counties.

Truman Doctrine

President Truman's statement to give economic and military aid to support countries against "armed minorities" and "outside pressures".

Marshall Plan

This plan proposed that the United States should give aid to all European countries that needed it.

Berlin Airlift

British and American officials began dropping food and other supplies over West Berlin when the Soviet Union blocked off the city.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

A defensive military alliance against Soviet aggression.

Mao Zedong

The Chinese Communist leader in the North.

Chiang Kai-shek

The Chinese president and Nationalist leader


An island east of mainland China where Chiang Kai-shek and the rest of the Chinese government fled after being defeated by the Communists.

38th parallel

The line that separates Korea and acts as a boundary line.

Korean War

War that began when North Korea invaded South Korea.

House Committee on Un-American Activities

A congressional committee created to search out disloyal Americans and Communists.

Hollywood Ten

Members of the Hollywood film industry that did not cooperate with hearings that they felt were unconstitutional.


Hollywood executives instituted a list of people they believed had a Communist background.

The Rosenburgs

A couple who were minor activists in the Communist party. They were found guilty and executed for leaking information to the Soviet Union.

Joseph McCarthy

The famous anti-Communist Senator from Wisconsin.


The tactics that McCarthy used to bully accused Communists.

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