Truman's Four Points

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Truman's Four Points were outlined in the inaugural address of Harry S. Truman in 1949.[1] In the speech, he laid out the ideology behind the Cold War and he called for:

  • First, the U.S. would "give unfaltering support to the United Nations and related agencies, and... continue to search for ways to strengthen their authority and increase their effectiveness."
  • Second, "we will continue our programs for world economic recovery." This involved promoting free trade.
  • Third, "we will strengthen freedom-loving nations against the dangers of aggression." He then outlined the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
  • Fourth, "we must embark on a bold new program for making the benefits of our scientific advances and industrial progress available for the improvement and growth of underdeveloped areas."

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  1. Harry S. Truman: Inaugural Address], Accessed April 19, 2011.

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