By Gary A. Donaldson

The usa had super possibilities after global warfare II. The nation's commercial may, geared to defeat Germany and Japan, may perhaps now be fascinated about household creation. actual wages have been up, the GNP used to be at the upward thrust, commercial creation was once up, and inflation used to be less than regulate. the longer term seemed brilliant for the common American. yet this abundance was once punctuated with nervousness. inside 4 years of the tip of the battle, the Soviet Union had turn into the hot enemy: that they had the bomb and China and jap Europe had fallen into the Soviet sphere of effect. those issues, the abundance of the growing to be financial system and the anxiousness of the chilly struggle, outlined the interval from 1945-1960.

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Eisenhower must then be a Democrat, they reasoned, and the fire for a Democratic nomination was fanned instead of extinguished. The ADA took the lead in this Eisenhower diversion, carrying with it a number of northeastern big city bosses and southern political leaders, all of whom were willing to accept anyone who could take over the Democratic Party and defeat the seemingly undefeatable Republicans in November. But Eisenhower spurned the overtures from the Democrats, too. He accepted an offer to become president of Columbia University and began writing his memoirs.

Increasingly, Truman was becoming the only choice left. The ADA came to the convention prepared to force the issue on civil rights. Truman had decided to evade that issue through much of 1948, when the South became increasingly hostile to his earlier civil rights stance, 18 Abundance and Anxiety and he intended to backpedal at the convention and have the vague 1944 civil rights plank placed in the platform. 18 That, of course, would keep the South in line, but probably at the expense of northern African-American and liberal votes.

Germany’s fate, as suggested by Roosevelt and readily accepted by Stalin, was dismemberment. The Americans, the British, and the French would occupy the western zone and the Soviets would control the east. This was to be a temporary situation; it was never intended that these two zones of occupation would become superpower-dominated independent countries. Berlin, inside the eastern zone, was also to be divided east and west. FDR had settled on dismemberment after rejecting several much harsher options.

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