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Today In History- March 12

The Truman Doctrine is proclaimed to help stem the spread of Communism.


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Harry Truman addresses issue of global communism.

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In one of the most signficant events in the spread of the Cold War, on Mar. 12, 1947, President Truman gave his famed Truman Doctrine speech.  The policy dramatically shifted American foreign policy in regards to the Soviet Union from détente to to containment of soviet expansion.  This eventually heightened tensions between the two superpowers.

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