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Marshall Plan

Author: George C. Marshall



Marshall's Harvard Speech, June 1947


Marshall Plan

On June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech describing an economic aid and cooperation program for postwar Europe. Under the Truman administration, this plan became the Economic Cooperation Act of 1948, which became the European Economic Recovery Program, also known as the Marshall Plan. It was signed into law on April 3, 1948.

The website states, "Over the next four years, Congress appropriated $13.3 billion for European recovery. This aid provided much needed capital and materials that enabled Europeans to rebuild the continent's economy. For the United States, the Marshall Plan provided markets for American goods, created reliable trading partners, and supported the development of stable democratic governments in Western Europe. Congress's approval of the Marshall Plan signaled an extension of the bipartisanship of World War II into the postwar years."

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