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Bischof, Guenter

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Mizell-Nelson, Michael

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Wilson, Jeffrey


On June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall spoke at Harvard University and unveiled his plan for a comprehensive recovery program for Europe after the destruction of World War II. The European Recovery Program, also known as the "Marshall Plan", was designed to alleviate the economic and political crisis taking place in Europe. It was alos marketed as a weapon in the fight against the spread of communism. Because the Marshall Plan was received at home with mixed reviews, the job of the State Department was to sell the Marshall Plan, not only to Congress, but to the American people across the country. The focus of this paper is the regional debate in the South as to whether or not the Marshall Plan should be enacted.


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