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Relevance of Fahrenheit 451 to the 1950s
Transcript of Relevance of Fahrenheit 451 to the 1950s
wars in foreign countries
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nuclear threat KRISTIN OXFORD Colored Television A trend of indulgence was noted when the average American family began watching more and more television. The Us Senator Joseph McCarthy created a list of screen writers, actors, directors, musicians, and other US entertainment authorities that he claimed were communist without any real evidence. This gave life to an age of paranoia called McCarthyism. Cold War McCarthy & Media Citizens were filled with anxiety of a communist overhaul because McCarthy took advantage of the media boom and circulated the blacklist everywhere. The Cold War entailed TENSION between the USSR & US, but no direct fighting. Quote "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing"(pg 48). This quote shows how confusing the 1950s were. During the Cold War Americans thoughts were considered dangerous. People would stand up for what was right and be punished/blamed for it. Vietnam War This war served as a host of the communist vs. anti-communist tension between the Us & USSR. The Us supported South Vietnam. The USSR supported North Vietnam. McCarthyism also gave birth to a time of extreme editing in media outlets. TV Trends Editing lead to lack of integrity in TV shows. Irony Many books fell victim to extreme editing, including Fahrenheit 451, which had a message against this censorship.