Truman And The Space Race

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The 1950’s was a time that thrived in the spirit of conformity and prosperity. It was also the time of the Cold War. President Truman started out the United State’s involvement with the Cold War. He then created the Truman Doctrine that would support any country who wanted to avoid becoming communist, which later evolved into the Marshall Plan that stated the same ideas but would also provide financial aid. The United States and the Soviet Union competed head to head to prove that one is better than the other. During the Space Race, the Soviet Union became the first country to launch a satellite which they called “Sputnik.” The United States ultimately won the Space Race though, with their completion of “Explorer I,” the world’s first spaceship. …show more content…
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