concept of "domestic containment

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Discuss the concept of "domestic containment". How did this concept operate in 1950's-1960's America? Why was it destined to ultimately fail? Give an example of one of the values present in domestic containment, and explain why it did not apply to the increasingly independent youth culture during the 1960's

May 28th, 2015


Domestic containment focused on the happy American home with bread-winner father, stay-at-home mother and obedient children, Gretchen Ritter describes in the "Journal of Policy History." It was part of the overall "containment" policy for fighting communism after World War II

The strides toward equality made by women in the early 1900s and reinforced when women took to the work forces during World War II were seen as potentially damaging to America's freedom from communism, wrote Ritter in research published in John Hopkins University's "Journal" and posted on Project Muse. The domestic containment theory was that keeping the women at home minding the children and the men at work providing for the family led to a more stable environment. The theory prompted this movement that dominated the 1950s. Domestic containment also contributed to the way the American government sought to identify itself and edify its reputation. The country took a stance of not letting the world, and to some degree its own citizens, see its "dirty laundry." The treatment of minority groups also fell under this umbrella of protection from world criticism.

The U.S. foreign policy of containment attempted actively to support, to varying degrees, democratically elected governments that were undergoing communist agitation. The containment policy, associated with actions by former Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon, was a compromise between policies of appeasement of Soviet ambitions and rollback, which would have likely resulted in a destructive outright war between the United States and Soviet Union. The containment policy helped to shape the course of the Cold War, creating proxy wars in Korea and Vietnam.

reference : US History

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