A generation ago, that cloud, with no warning, cast a terrifying shadow across the earth. Inhaling and blowing, smiling and knowing a smoke is a wonderful thing.
The atomic bomb brought an end to World War II, the first war to be given a number. Muhammad Ali had a different name — Cassius Clay — but the same talent. BILL MOYERS: Now I’ve been assuming, obviously, that you were a white male in or joining the middle class. There was, to be sure, more variety to America, more diversity.
SINGING “LETS HAVE THE WORLD OF TOMORROW TODAY” —you will say, let’s have a world of tomorrow today. BILL MOYERS: That meant we needed more housing, more schools, more shoes, more bicycles, or just about everything.
And those babies grew up expecting an ever more prosperous future. SINGING “LETS HAVE THE WORLD OF TOMORROW TODAY” Parents and children together let’s say, let’s have the world of tomorrow today.
The 1950s in America were a time of nostalgia and neurosis. But the 50’s also saw the Iron Curtain in Europe, the entrenchment of Communism in China, and a Red Scare that divided Americans at home.
believed that it could politically, culturally and militarily lead the world.
A democracy sacrificed to preserve peace in our time.
In 1948, Czechoslovakia, although allied by treaty with Russia, was again free and democratic.
Russia’s expansionism timetable called for dividing Europe in two, swallowing first one half, then the other.
Already an iron curtain had dropped around Poland, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria. Since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, we’d been a divided mind about the USSR.