This PowerPoint is perfect for any Social Studies class wanting to learn about what the Cold War was, and how it began. This lesson gives a detailed look at the many ways that the U.S. and Soviet Union competed through indirect means from the 1940s through the 1960s. This gives special focus to such events as McCarthyism, the Hollywood ten, spy cases, containment, the Berlin Airlift, NATO forming, the H-Bomb race, the U-2 incident, Sputnik, and the race to put a man on the moon. Students will love the chance to finally understand what the Cold War means and to learn of its impact today. The PowerPoint includes 23 slides of relevant facts and pictures.