Presentation on theme: "The Eisenhower Era 1952-1960. The Eisenhower Era Ike projected an image of a "non- political" president. Immensely popular grandfather figure."— Presentation transcript:
“ New Look” defense. Called for more use of airforce and nuclear weapons “more bang for the buck” - it would deter the spread of communism
Eisenhower stands firm 1954 - French lose Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam to communists under Ho Chi Minh
Geneva Conference divides country at 17th parallel - elections fall through and US backs Ngo Dinh Diem in the south - US forms SEATO treaty.
New Crises add to tensions Hungarian Revolt (1956)- demonstration in Hungary leads to open revolt - Soviets invade and crush rebellion. American lack of reaction points out the problems with the “New Look”
Sept. 1957 - Gov. Orval Faubus mobilized the Arkansas National Guard to stop 9 black children from attending Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. Eisenhower sent troops to escort the children.
Fidel Castro 1959 - Castro overthrows Bautista in Cuba - becomes Soviet satellite - Washington cuts relations with Cuba in `61.
Eisenhower Retires n Eisenhower put to rest fears of presidents being “lame ducks” because of the 22nd amendment. n He was more vigorous and active in his second term and retired as a very popular president.
Ike’s Farewell Address n In his farewell address he warned the country against the rising power of the “military- industrial complex.”