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McCarthyism

The practice of publicly accusing people of subversive activities without evidence to back up the charges

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Blacklist

A list of people or groups who are under suspicion for something and are those excluded from certain opportunities

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Atomic age

The era in which atomic weapons have been used, beginning in 1945 with the first use of the atomic bomb and lasting to the present time

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Civil defense

The organization and training of citizens to work with the Armed Forces and emergency services during a war or natural disaster

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Rosenberg trial

Trail between a husband and wife convicted of spying for the Soviet Union

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Taft – Hartley act

A law passed by Congress, though President Harry S Truman vetoed it, in 1947 to limit the power of unions

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Sunbelt

The belt of warm weather states that stretches across the southern third of the United States, from Florida to California

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Executive order 9981

Desegregated the military

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G.I. Bill of Rights

A law passed in 1994 to provide federal funds to help returning GIs make the transition to civilian life

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Baby boom

The large increase in the number of babies born in proportion to the size of the population that took place after World War II and lasted until 1964

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22nd amendment

Limited presidential term to 2 terms

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Suburb

A suburb is a residential area or a mixed use area, either existing as part of a city or urban area or as a separate residential community within commuting distance of a city.

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Conformity

To be the same

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Beat movement

The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era.

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HUAC

Formed in 1938, the committee of the US House of Representatives that investigated subversive organizations in the United States until 1975