As World War II ended, the United States approached a dynamic time period in American history. The struggle between eastern communism and western democracies overshadowed every domestic and international event. The U.S. sculpted it's foreign policy toward containing communism, which landed it in conflicts in Europe and Asia. At home the United States benefited from a emerging international economy, which created an inordinate amount of prosperity for middle class families. However, domestic challenges such as the ever looming civil rights issue, and political unrest, will create it's own counter-culture movement, which in turn will create it's own conservative revival.