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Emily asked in News & EventsCurrent Events · 1 decade ago

how did the nuclear weapons affect america?

How did the development of nuclear weapons affect american society?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There was not a single level of society that was not affected by the development of nuclear weapons here in the United States. Nearly every bit of policy in the 1950's and 1960's was in some way related to nuclear arms, the arms race, and the Cold War. One example is the interstate highway system. People look at this as a huge accomplishment for the American people and a boost to the infrastructure of the US. The reason that it was built, however, was to have a means to move troops across the country quickly in the event of nuclear war. The reason that overpasses were built the height they were is because it was the minimum height to have a tank on a flat bed pass under it. The space program is another big example. The US invested heavily in space to ensure that the USSR did not dominate space and develop a platform to launch nuclear weapons from space.

    • Archie6 years agoReport

      are you sure that's not conspiracy, and where did you get your info?
      is there other reasons the US wanted to go to space?

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  • 4 years ago

    The problem with N. Korea and Iran is that their leadership is quite pathological. They are more likely to "use" the weapons against their "enemies" - real or imagined than any of the other countries who have these weapons. The question of whether George Bush is the most dangerous man in the world is a perception without substance. Besides after 4 or 8 years, the President is either defeated in an election or term-limited out to be replaced by someone else (and, more than likely from a different party*). This is not the case in either N. Korea or Iran. * Since the end of WW II: Truman (D) 1945 - after FDR's death to 1952 Eisenhower (R) 1953-1960 Kennedy/LBJ (D) 1961 - 1968 Nixon/Ford (R) 1969 - 1976 Carter (D) 1977 - 1980 Reagen (R) 1981 - 1988 Bush (R) 1989 - 1992 Clinton (D) 1993 - 2000 Bush (R) 2001 - 2008 - Term limits whether he would win or not is moot. He cannot run again.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Helps us feel protected in case of emergency against a country. But it can backfire because there has been nuclear tension between us and other countries. So it could also wipe us out if its coming from the other end.

    Source(s): World Geography
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  • 1 decade ago

    It helped protect us from the threat of the Soviet Empire and made America a world power, some would argue the most powerful nation on the planet.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It put us in a league all by ourselves. We incinerated thousands of Japanese civilians.

    But for the record......

    Under the circumstances in 1945, I support the use of those weapons then. Between the Murder business of the Nazis exterminating millions of people, and their murdering Japanese sidekicks who like the nazis, were on a mission of global domination. Suicide bombers in airplanes. Is it any wonder why Truman gave the order to end such insanity?

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  • 1 decade ago

    It boosted their ego to the point that they think they are god's gift to the world and have self appointed themselves as the world's police.

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  • 1 decade ago

    gave us tooo much power

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