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America set up the Marshall plan to help rebuild countries after the Second World War. It was to stop Europe turning communist. Watch this video to see how it worked out.

The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan

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Key points

  • America is concerned about the growth of Communism in Eastern Europe.
  • March 1947 - Truman told congress that it was America's job to stop Communism growing. This was called the Truman Doctrine.
  • June 1947 - US General George Marshall visited Europe. He thought it was so poor it was about to turn Communist.

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