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The Truman Doctrine

On March 12, 1947, President Harry Truman urges a joint session of Congress to support his doctrine, which calls for U.S. financial and military aid to Greece and Turkey in an effort to protect the countries from Soviet domination.

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  • The Truman Doctrine
    The Truman Doctrine

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    On March 12, 1947, President Harry Truman urges a joint session of Congress to support his doctrine, which calls for U.S. financial and military aid to Greece and Turkey in an effort to protect the countries from Soviet domination.

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  • The Eisenhower Doctrine
    The Eisenhower Doctrine

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    Eisenhower Weighs Chance for Peace in the Cold War

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Reports on Teheran and Cairo Conferences
    Franklin D. Roosevelt Reports on Teheran and Cairo Conferences

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    Reagan's Evil Empire

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    John F. Kennedy on Coup in South Vietnam

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    U.S. and U.S.S.R. Tussle Over Germany

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  • Ford's Address at the Helsinki Conference
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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 Labor Day Speech
    Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 Labor Day Speech

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  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address
    Franklin D. Roosevelt's Fourth of July Address

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