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By Gary A. Donaldson

The usa had large possibilities after global battle II. The nation's commercial may possibly, geared to defeat Germany and Japan, may well now be keen on household construction. genuine wages have been up, the GNP was once at the upward thrust, commercial creation used to be up, and inflation used to be lower than regulate. the long run regarded vibrant for the typical American. yet this abundance used to be punctuated with anxiousness. inside of 4 years of the top of the conflict, the Soviet Union had develop into the recent enemy: that they had the bomb and China and jap Europe had fallen into the Soviet sphere of impact. those issues, the abundance of the starting to be financial system and the anxiousness of the chilly warfare, outlined the interval from 1945-1960.

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But on September 2, 1945, at Hanoi in the north, Ho Chi Minh announced the independence of Vietnam. An American intelligence agent helped him write the declaration: ‘‘All men are created equal,’’ it began. S. P-38s flew over the field. It appeared to be an American-sponsored event, an American-sponsored government. But at the same time French troops were landing in the south and consolidating their position there. In October 1946 the French proclaimed a separate government in the south, and in late November a French cruiser opened fire on the port city of Haiphong in the north.

The ADA took the lead in this Eisenhower diversion, carrying with it a number of northeastern big city bosses and southern political leaders, all of whom were willing to accept anyone who could take over the Democratic Party and defeat the seemingly undefeatable Republicans in November. But Eisenhower spurned the overtures from the Democrats, too. He accepted an offer to become president of Columbia University and began writing his memoirs. Just days before the Democratic National Convention, Truman contacted Eisenhower.

In the late summer of 1946 the United States again made it clear that it would not allow any further expansion of Soviet influence. This time Turkey was the issue. During the war Churchill and Roosevelt acknowledged Stalin’s need for access to the Mediterranean Sea through the Bosporus and Dardanelles, a long-time Russian demand to the West for warm-water ports. At Potsdam, Stalin suggested that the two straits be internationalized, and in August 1947 he suggested a joint Soviet–Turkish defense of the straits—obviously a plan to build Soviet bases in the region.

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