The Truman Presidency - Timeline of Foreign Policy
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THE TRUMAN DOCTRINE
PRESIDENT TRUMAN - FOREIGN POLICY
THE MARSHALL PLAN
In a speech to Congress in March of 1947, President Truman asks for support for fledgling nations who are threatened by totalitarian regimes. Congress approves, and over $400 million dollars are given to Turkey and Greece as aid.
As Secretary of State, George C. Marshall unveils a plan for European nations to economically rebuild, as well as receive aid from the U.S. The plan falls in line with Truman's containment policy, as they hoped to influence and cement strong democracies.
THE BERLIN AIRLIFT
With the blockage of democratic West Berlin by Soviet Territory, President Truman avoids military conflict by initiating the Berlin Airlift operations. By dropping much needed supplies cut off by the Soviets, the U.S. aids a struggling West Berlin.
U.S. JOINS NATO
In April of 1949, the U.S., along with several other nations, join N.A.T.O, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Within its principles, the treaty among these nations ensures collective security, or, an attack on one nation is an attack on all.
THE MCCARRAN-WALTER ACT
As an attempt to prevent domestic infiltration by communist radicals, the McCarran-Walter Act aimed to limit immigrants from communist nations. President Truman in fact vetoes this bill; however, his veto is overridden by Congress.
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