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Harry Truman Democrat 1945-1953. Post War-1950’s Domestic Issues After WW2, the nation needed to Demobilize, convert factories back to make civilian goods.

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1 Harry Truman Democrat 1945-1953

2 Post War-1950’s Domestic Issues After WW2, the nation needed to Demobilize, convert factories back to make civilian goods. 12 million men were released from the military As a way to help these veterans adjust to civilian life the government created the GI Bill of Rights- buying homes/$$$ college




6 Truman’s Fair Deal An extension of the New Deal, these domestic policies attempted to give all Americans National Health Care and Higher Wages. Jim Crow Laws still existed in the South after the war, and DE FACTO SEGREGATION existed in the North- in practice but not law Truman ordered the DESEGREGATION OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND MILITARY. 1947 Jackie Robinson becomes the first Black Man to play in Major League Baseball


8 Baby Boom 1946-1964 76 m Americans born during these years The need to feed, clothe and house these new Americans led to an economic boom. Americans also had large savings built up due to the rationing of goods and higher wages that occurred during WW2. Automobile and Housing industries benefitted the most.




12 Truman and Foreign Affairs THE COLD WAR

13 Truman and Foreign Affairs The Cold War was a competition between the USA and USSR/Soviet Union Why? $$$ World Domination $$$



16 US Foreign Policy During Cold War 1946-1991 Containment - Stopping the spread of Communism

17 Policies created as part of Containment Truman Doctrine- USA will aid any nation in Europe to stop the spread of communism. Marshall Plan USA gives $13B aid to Western Europe to rebuild after war, to stop the spread of communism. Central Intelligence Agency- collects intelligence / information about other nations-Spying



20 Churchill claims people in Eastern Europe are forced to live behind and Iron Curtain





25 War Department becomes Defense Department


27 First Hot Spot of Cold War Berlin 1948- USSR closes rail and roads into Berlin. The U.S. airlifts supplies for 321 days the USSR ends the blockade in 1949. This would not be the last time Berlin would be a hot spot during the Cold War.


29 North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1949 – USA joins defense alliance w/Western Europe and Canada This was done for Collective Security- If one nation is attacked, all in the group will protect it. The USSR responds w/the Warsaw Pact- Eastern European Countries.


31 Warsaw Pact

32 Looking for Commie Spies

33 Executing Spies

34 The Korean War 1950-1953 Korea was divided at the 38 th Parallel after WW2- North Communist- South Democratic June 1950- North invades South As part of its Containment Policy the U.S. and United Nations troops attempt to Stop the spread of communism. The goal was to keep the nation divided at the 38 th parallel, and not to involve the Chinese or Russians.


36 Truman Fires MacArthur

37 Korean War U.S./U.N. troops push North Korean troops across the 38 th and close in on the Chinese border, causing the Chinese to attack. Chinese troops push U.S./U.N. troops back across 38 th and for 3 years fighting occurs around 38 th. A truce is signed in 1953 ending the war Communism was Contained.



40 Dwight Eisenhower Republican 1953-1961

41 Eisenhower and The Cold War Continues the policy of Containment- and added the: Eisenhower Doctrine- pledge to aid nations fighting communism in the Middle East. Domino Theory - if one nation “fell” to communism all the nations around it would “fall”-especially in South East Asia/Vietnam


43 Eisenhower, The Cold War and Nukes New aggressive policies/threats begin: Brinkmanship- U.S. was willing to go to the brink/edge of nuclear war to show its strength Massive Retaliation- U.S. would use all its nuclear weapons at once if attacked w/just one. Arms Race this led to both sides building up large nuclear arsenals- Mutually Assured Destruction-both sides had enough of these weapons to destroy each other, hoping the other wouldn’t use them-Deterrent

44 New Weapons Hydrogen Bomb- over 1,500x’s more powerful than the bomb’s used on Japan. Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles –Nuclear weapons that travel across continents




48 Eisenhower, The Cold War, The Space Race and a Thaw? 1957- Soviets Launch Sputnik- a satellite that orbited the earth-This led to a new emphasis on math and science in American schools. The U.S. and U.S.S.R. realized how dangerous the situation had become, there was an easing of tensions/Thaw-1958-1960-both sides agreed to stop testing nuclear weapons. U-2 Incident-the thaw ended when a U.S. spy plane was shot down over the U.S.S.R. The Cold War was back!

49 Fear of a “Missile Gap”






55 The Civil Rights Movement during Eisenhower Brown vs. The Board of Ed. –No More Separate but Equal!!-IN SCHOOLS This case became a precedent/example for Civil Rights lawyers to challenge Jim Crow Laws. 1955 Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott, led by Martin Luther King jr. 1957 Governor Faubus of Arkansas refused to integrate Central HS in Little Rock

56 The Civil Rights Movement during Eisenhower Eisenhower sent the Army to escort the “Little Rock Nine” into the school. This was an example of the Federal Government’s power over the States


58 Rosa Parks Sparks Civil Rights Movement

59 Non-violent Civil Disobedience- breaking of unjust laws






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