Stephen King is one of the greatest American authors who was greatly influenced by history and it is clearly shown in his work. Throughout the 20th century there have been many world events that have influenced American culture today; many of these controversies in which America has been involved include: Russia’s Red Scare, The Cold War, and the Vietnam War.
Russia’s Red Scare was a period in history where every American was afraid of communist Russia. After World War II the U.S. had developed weapons the world had never seen before, nuclear weapons. During the Red Scare, Russia surprised the world when they set off their first nuclear weapon; this sent a ripple of fear throughout the U.S. because now their enemy had they technology to wipe out the American population. This led to a series of conflicts between the U.S. and Russia in the years to come.
The Cold War lasted from 1947-1991. During this period, the U.S. and Russia were competing with each other to see who had superior military, weapons, and technology. While they never fought directly they would aid third-world countries such as North Korea and South Korea in The Korean War. Historians call it The Cold War because even though shots were never fired between the U.S. and Russia, they were fighting each other indirectly. Although The Korean War ended in 1953, the U.S. and Russia would still have many conflicts for the next few decades.
The Vietnam War also involved America as they were fighting to protect democracy from other communist countries such as China. America was scared that if Vietnam was to become communist, the neighboring countries around it would also become communist resulting in a domino effect. Not willing to let that happen America stepped in and aided the Vietnamese with soldiers, weapons, and military training. Eventually the increasing unpopularity of the war forced America to pull out and Vietnam would eventually fall to communism.
King is a well-known horror author whose works have been turned into TV shows and movies today. Just like many stars and famous people, King had many trials and tribulations before he would become famous.
As a young boy one of King’s friends was hit by a train; although he claims that he doesn’t remember it at all, trains have become a powerful force in many of his books (Bloom 5). King experienced his first real scare when he was young. He was in a movie theatre when the audience was told that the Russians had just launched the Sputnik satellite into orbit. He was scared about the nuclear weapons coming down from the sky and the attacks that would be carried out on them by the Russians (Bloom 8).What makes King a successful author is that he finds inspiration in many real life experiences he or others have faced before (Whitelaw 35).
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