One of the worst blemishes on American culture of the time was racial inequality. With the fight for democracy around the world, there was major tension for rights within our own country. Beginning in the early 1950s states began establishing fair employment commissions, they passed laws banning discrimination, and black voter registration began to rise. The backdrop of the Cold War helped people to realize that aspects of American society were in contrast to the values we were professing to stand for and changes were needed.
In addition to battling the Soviets politically and culturally, these presidents waged economic warfare with the Soviet Union. The Cold War had an impact on American people economically. The impact was caused mainly by the increase in the amount of taxes. Americans felt it was their patriotic duty to buy consumer goods to help the economy grow. The Cold War brought the National Defense Education Act, the interstate highway system, and growing mistrust of government by both liberals and conservatives.