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Cold War: American Leaders
George F. Kennan
In the 1940s, George Kennan developed the "containmentâ€ strategy to isolate the Soviet Union and limit the spread of communism. Containment would become the prevailing American foreign policy for decades, influencing U.S. involvement in Korea, Vietnam and Eastern Europe.
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
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Harry S. Truman
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John F. Kennedy
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