Today in History: The Marshall Plan

Friday, June 05, 2009

Marshall Plan poster

On June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.

'It is logical that the United Nations should do whatever it is able to do, to assist in the return of normal economic health in the world. Our policy is directed not against any countries, or doctrine, but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos, so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist. Any government that is willing to assist in the task of recovery will find full cooperation, I am sure on the part of the United States Government. Any government which maneuvers to block the recovery of other countries cannot expect help from us.'

Thanks to WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset


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