It was on June 5th, 1947 when Secretary of State George Marshall took to the podium at Harvard University’s graduation ceremonies. In his speech, Marshall proposed a European recovery program for nations lying in ruin from World War II.
He said, “Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist.”
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