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WoodwardLauryn WoodwardHistory 2057Dr. Shindo12 December 2015Post World War IIAfter World War II, the United States entered into a period of time that is still closely mimicked in today’s society. The views and ideals of this generation paved the way for decades, from the Civil Rights Movement to the women’s movement, it was just a start of what the future would bring. The economy was finally taking off again, and it led to a change in culture, and a boom in the population. The United States was able to regain their power and strength as a nation, and was able to help rebuild the world. The Post World War II era for the United States was a time of great growth, and where American voices were actually heard.Post-war, many countries were struggling. The United States did not suffer much physicaldamage to the nation itself, and was in a position to help Europe get back off of the ground. In 1948, The Marshall Plan was instilled, which allowed for thirteen billion dollars to be used as aid. The United States feared that leaving these countries to recover on their own would leave them pray to the Soviet Union (USSR), and the U.S. hoped to implement as much capitalism anddemocratic systems as possible. The USSR also had blocked off roads leading into Berlin, Germany, making it impossible for supplies to reach them. They already had control of Eastern Germany, and if they were able to control Berlin, then West Germany would fall into their control as well. President Truman responded to this with the Berlin Airlift, which dropped in supplies to Germans to alleviate the starvation and struggles they were facing. These actions helped to solidify the United States’ power, and pose them as a threat to nations across the world.The United States was going to help any nation, in every way that they could.

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