The Truman Doctrine: The American Crisis And The Cold War

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The end of World War II was marked by Americans dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many American soldiers returned home to their loved ones and started what is known as the “baby boom” era. America’s population was growing very rapidly, thus forcing many veterans to purchase houses through the G.I. Bill. The G.I. Bill was created in 1944 in order to help returning veterans from the war. Some of the benefits of the bill included: establishing hospitals, tuition and expenses paid for those attending school, as well as low interest mortgages for those buying a home or property. However, so many soldiers were taking advantage of this opportunity, it often lead to price-discrimination as well as high discrimination among income classes …show more content…
While no military forces were involved, however Congress provided free financial aid to the economies of Greece and Turkey. This foreign policy was the start in the formation of NATO, an organization of nations who collectively defend and agree that if a member state is attacked, it will provide “mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.” Americans thought that the more countries they could get to join NATO, the stronger they would become as well as stopping the influence of Communism in these countries. Overall, the Cold War was a series of back and forth scare tactics between nations. Both sides threated to fire nuclear weapons at each other and destroy the opposing nation. It also lead to skirmishes that resulted in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Due to the simple fact that America was involved in the Cold War, lead to major tension within its own society. People couldn’t trust each other in their own country without assuming somebody was committing treason if they were acting slightly out of the usual. Even many suspected government officials were put on trial as well. While American involvement in preventing Communion turned out to be a good thing, it created a long period of internalized fear as well as involvement in wars it didn’t need to be …show more content…
Truman states that Greece and Turkey had reached out to the United States for economic assistance and that once the British had backed out of assisting these countries, the United States would be the only country who would be able to help. Truman, by helping these countries, “understands the broader implications” that the Soviet Union will become involved in if continuing will this course of action. The United States sought to help these newly “freed” people to get back on their own feet and let them be whereas the Soviet Union, Germany, and also Japan tried to impose their will as well as way of life on the countries it dominated. Truman asked for $400,000,000 to be assisted to these countries as well as assistance to help rebuild and reconstruct the infrastructure. Truman viewed this assistance as being needed in order to keep the freedom and peace gained by these countries after WWII. While good occurred from America stepping in, it also began the long period of the Cold War for

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