National Affairs: The World & Democracy

"One of the primary objectives of the foreign policy of the United States is the creation of conditions in which we and other nations will be able to work out a way of life free from coercion. . . . We shall not realize our objectives, however, unless we are willing to help free peoples to maintain their free institutions and their national integrity against aggressive movements that seek to impose on them totalitarian regimes. . . . Great responsibilities have been placed upon us."

Thus, on March 12, 1947, the President of the United States addressed the Congress, the U.S. people—and...

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