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Space Race Sputnik (1957)

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Space Race Sputnik (1957) USSR satellite – communism actually key to future – USSR ahead of US Fear – USSR education stronger, could now attack US from space w/ missile


United States reactions to developments in Russia
Education – too easygoing – substitute square roots for square dancing and promoted Advanced Placement program; authorized loans for college.

The National Defense Education Act (NDEA), signed into law on September 2, 1958, motivated by a growing national sense that U.S. scientists were falling behind scientists in the Soviet Union, it was arguably catalyzed by early Soviet success in the Space Race, notably the launch of the first-ever satellite, Sputnik, the year before.

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