Your choice of one day during the week of March 23–27, 2015
9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Cold War America
From the end of World War II in 1945 to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States and the Soviets engaged in a Cold War. Although there was never a major military conflict between the two sides, this global rivalry led to proxy wars and an arms race that brought the world to the brink of nuclear annihilation. As American political and military leaders tried to contain the spread of communism abroad, those efforts influenced the political, cultural, and social landscape at home. During the Cold War, Americans experienced domestic anticommunism, the rise of the national security state, and Cold War anxieties that were reflected in everything from air-raid drills and the building of bomb shelters to atomic-themed consumer products and playthings. The Strong’s 25th Annual Advanced Placement American History Conference explores these topics and others, challenging students to think critically and engage in in-depth discussions. Insightful seminars offered by local college and university professors illuminate the political, social, and cultural history of the United States during the Cold War.
Seminar topics and presenters will be finalized this winter.