“The postwar era was a time of conformity and of economic prosperity, and a time during which American power around the globe was rivaled only by that of the Soviet Union. That rivalry, and the ideological struggle between the two industrial giants, between communism and capitalism, set a tone for the entire era. It was a tone of confrontation, secrecy, and self-righteousness, which established a pattern of attacks on academic freedom and freedom of speech that thought that affected schools ad society as nothing had before.” (Evans, 96)
Due to America's consumption with fear over the Red Scare, we begin to see a shift in American education. While social studied education in America was intended to indoctrinate citizens and socialize the immigrants, it emerged into a study that did not allow free speech or free though; without these two elements, education could not, and did not, flourish.