U.s. Leaders During The Cold War Essay

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U.S. Leaders in the Cold War As World War II ended in 1945, the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics began a decades long struggle for global supremacy known as the Cold War, which lasted until 1991. During this period of time the following Presidents governed the United States: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush. For the purpose of this essay I’m going to focus on three of the more influential Presidents: Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan. All three of these Presidents played crucial, but very different roles during the Cold War. Truman recognized the threat of Stalin and the expansion of Communism. Nixon realized that the escalation of Mutually Assured Destruction had gone too far and that détente was necessary. And Reagan realized that the Soviet Unions and communisms weakness was economic, and he decided to break them economically and end the Cold War. Harry S. Truman became the President of the United States when Franklin D. Roosevelt died on April 12, 1945. Truman had only a high school education and had only been Vice President for 82 days before FDR’s sudden death. He was so shocked at becoming President he told reporters, “I don’t know if you fellas ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me what happened yesterday, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me.”( http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/harry-truman). Truman was thrown into the end…

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