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Running head: DOMESTIC/FOREIGN POLICIES 1 American Domestic and Foreign Policies Chamberlain College of Nursing HIST405 United States History March 2020
DOMESTIC/FOREIGN POLICIES 2 American Domestic and Foreign Policies Each president of the United States has different domestic and foreign policy views. The four presidents that will be discussed in this paper are Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, and Ronald W. Reagan. All four presidents were involved in new policies and had acts passed to help benefit the American people. The purpose of this paper is to explain what each president did to help the United States economically and socially, assess if the policies strengthened or weakened the United States, analyze what each president did to serve the public’s interest, determine if it is constitutional for the United States to fight preemptive wars and finally discuss if human rights and morality should be the cornerstones of the United States foreign policy. The 34 th president of the United States was Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served his presidency from 1953 to 1961, a total of two terms and helped the economy during the recession in 1958. The recession lasted about eight months total while the World War II was occurring (Petersen, 2017). A lot of the Americans were not employed due to a stop in purchases of vehicles and homes causing unemployment (Petersen, 2017). Eisenhower was pushing for more agriculture projects in order to increase the demand of materials like lumber to be able to have more jobs available (Petersen, 2017). Unemployment benefits were also extended for those Americans who were unable to find labor so they would be able to still put food on their tables (Petersen, 2017). There was also a no down payment policy to motivate Americans to purchase and build a home (Petersen, 2017). During Eisenhower’s presidency, the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was passed. This allowed the United States to become stronger by creating jobs for the American people. To be sure this was completed, 25 million dollars was funded, and it was
DOMESTIC/FOREIGN POLICIES 3 extended over a ten-year time frame (Petersen, 2017). The highway was expected to be about 41,000 miles and certain states made the decision to add tollways for required payment to help fund the maintenance of the highway (Petersen, 2017).

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